Forget Plastics. Think HEALTHCARE!!

The Graduate

Some of us remember the 1967 move classic ‘The Graduate’ where a new college graduate Ben Braddock (brilliantly played by a young Dustin Hoffman) is given a key piece of advice:

Mr. McGuire: I just want to say one word to you. Just one word.
Benjamin: Yes, sir.
Mr. McGuire: Are you listening?
Benjamin: Yes, I am.
Mr. McGuire: Plastics.
Benjamin (pausing, not knowing what to say): Exactly how do you mean?

In 1967, the forecast was sky-high for the plastics industry (at least, according to Mr. McGuire) and Ben was now privy to this ‘insider information.’   In short, Ben would be wise to jump on the bandwagon and work for a plastics manufacturer.

Today, manufacturing in the U.S. is not quite the ideal career choice.  However, we have something even hotter now.

Late last year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released a document titled: Employment Projections 2014-2024.  The healthcare occupations and industries are expected to have the fastest employment growth and will add the most jobs between 2014 and 2024.

Healthcare support occupations and healthcare practitioners are projected to be the two fastest growing occupational groups during the 2014 to 2024 projections decade. These groups are projected to contribute the most new jobs, with a combined increase of 2.3 million in employment, representing about 1 in 4 new jobs.  Pause and just let that ratio sink in.  25% of the NEW jobs being created will be in these fields.

Tell Your Sons and Daughters
According to the government’s National Center for Education Statistics: “During the 2013–14 school year, colleges and universities are expected to award nearly 2 million bachelor’s degrees”.

Summer is obviously a key time for these new college graduates entering the US Labor Market, as they are frantically looking for their first ‘real’ job in order to jump-start their professional career.  While some have clear-cut careers in mind, others are more uncertain/flexible.

These are Hot!
The Department of Labor has a website which lists all U.S. recognized occupations, which is about 1,100 in all.  The website, shows the 150 careers that are projected to grow the fastest.  Guess what?  About 100 (two-thirds) are healthcare jobs.

Some of the fastest growing occupations are:

  1. 29-1141.01 Acute Care Nurses
  2. 29-1071.01 Anesthesiologist Assistants
  3. 29-1061.00 Anesthesiologists
  4. 29-1181.00 Audiologists
  5. 29-2031.00 Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians
  6. 29-1011.00 Chiropractors
  7. 29-1141.04 Clinical Nurse Specialists
  8. 19-3031.02 Clinical Psychologists
  9. 19-1141.03 Critical Care Nurses
  10. 29-2041.00 Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics
  11. 29-9092.00 Genetic Counselors
  12. 29-2092.00 Hearing Aid Specialists
  13. 31-1011.00 Home Health Aides
  14. 29-1069.03 Hospitalists
  15. 15-1121.01 Informatics Nurse Specialists
  16. 29-2061.00 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
  17. 29-2071.00 Medical Records and Health Information Technicians
  18. 43-6013.00 Medical Secretaries
  19. 29-1069.04 Neurologists
  20. 29-1069.05 Nuclear Medicine Physicians
  21. 29-1151.00 Nurse Anesthetists
  22. 29-1161.00 Nurse Midwives
  23. 29-1064.00 Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  24. 29-1122.00 Occupational Therapists
  25. 31-2012.00 Occupational Therapy Aides
  26. 15-2031.00 Operations Research Analysts
  27. 29-2057.00 Ophthalmic Medical Technicians
  28. 29-1069.06 Ophthalmologists
  29. 29-2081.00 Opticians, Dispensing
  30. 29-1041.00 Optometrists
  31. 29-1022.00 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  32. 29-1023.00 Orthodontists
  33. 29-2091.00 Orthotists and Prosthetists
  34. 29-1069.07 Pathologists
  35. 39-9021.00 Personal Care Aides
  36. 31-9097.00 Phlebotomists
  37. 29-1069.08 Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physicians
  38. 31-2022.00 Physical Therapist Aides
  39. 29-1123.00 Physical Therapists
  40. 29-1071.00 Physician Assistants
  41. 29-1081.00 Podiatrists
  42. 29-1069.09 Preventive Medicine Physicians
  43. 29-1124.00 Radiation Therapists
  44. 29-2099.06 Radiologic Technicians
  45. 29-1069.10 Radiologists
  46. 29-1141.00 Registered Nurses
  47. 29-1067.00 Surgeons
  48. 29-2099.07 Surgical Assistants
  49. 29-2055.00 Surgical Technologists
  50. 29-1069.12 Urologists

If you have a son or daughter who is contemplating a career move, tell him/her to put on some plastic sunglasses and look at the healthcare industry.  It is a bright, sunny forecast.