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Biomedical Engineer, Dental Hygienist and Occupational Therapist Among Hot Health Jobs
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), December 8, 2013 - Biomedical Engineer, Dental Hygienist and Occupational Therapist rank as the three best health care professions, according to a new CareerCast report on the top job opportunities in health care. Other hot careers in healthcare include optometrist, physical therapist, chiropractor and speech pathologist.
"The Affordable Care Act is expected to create a wide range of new jobs in the health care industry," said Tony Lee, publisher, CareerCast.com. "More insured people means an increase in the need for different types of health services, ranging from direct care to research and maintenance of medical records."
The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies projects 31% growth in total U.S. health care employment in the next decade, which translates to roughly 4.6 million total jobs.
For example, consider careers for medical record technicians. An increase in the number of people with health care coverage means more people accessing medical care, which in turn generates more records. A medical records technician is crucial for the day-to-day workflow within a practice.
Biomedical engineer is still a fledgling field, but those who work in this profession are on the cutting edge of the health care industry. Innovations made in biomedical engineering research will be vital through the coming decade of treatment and preventative care. And in part because of dentistry's growing importance, dental hygienist ranks as one of CareerCast's best jobs in health care.
Occupational and physical therapists also are expected to be in high demand over the next few years, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projections. Similarly, the demand for chiropractic care is expected to grow to assist with the health concerns of an aging population. The BLS projects 28% more working chiropractors by 2020.
"Before pursuing one of our best jobs in healthcare, as with any career, consider carefully all aspects of this industry," advised Lee. "Research the region in which you are applying to avoid an overly competitive market and know the qualifications an employer is seeking before applying."
With the right preparation, the healthcare industry has opportunities for a broad range of job seekers. Here are the 12 best jobs in healthcare, per the 2013 Jobs Rated report:
Biomedical Engineer, $86,960; Dental Hygienist, $70,210; Occupational Therapist, $75,400; Optometrist, $97,820; Physical Therapist, $79,860; Chiropractor, $66,160; Speech Pathologist, $69,870; Pharmacist, $116,670; Podiatrist, $116,440; Respiratory Therapist, $55,870; Medical Records Technician, $34,610and, Physician Assistant, $90,930.
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Restaurant Job Growth Continues to Outpace Overall Economy by Two to One
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), December 8, 2013 - The economy appears to be gaining a little momentum into 2014, as the labor market has registered consistent improvements in recent months. In addition, restaurant operators' outlook for the economy improved somewhat in November.
New labor market data from the November employment report suggested that the economy may be gaining some momentum as the year closes out, with payroll growth remaining solid and the unemployment rate falling to a post-recession low.
According to preliminary data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the economy added a net 203,000 jobs in November, which marked the third time in the last four months with gains of at least 200,000 jobs. Over the past four months, the economy averaged net gains of 204,000 jobs, which is sufficient growth to put downward pressure on the jobless rate.
Indeed, the unemployment rate did fall to 7.0 percent in November, the lowest level in five years. To be sure, the labor market is far from fully recovered, as nearly 11 million individuals remained unemployed - 4.1 million for more than six months. In addition, over 8 million more are either working part-time for economic reasons or are not looking for work because they believe no jobs are available for them. But overall, the trend is certainly moving in the right direction, albeit much slower than would be expected at this point in a recovery.
Job growth was broad-based in November, as both goods-producing (+44,000) and service-producing (+152,000) sectors registered solid gains. Importantly, manufacturers added a net 27,000 jobs in November, the sector's strongest gain in 20 months.
For their part, restaurant operators maintained their steady contribution to the recovery. Eating and drinking places added a net 18,000 jobs in November, the 45th consecutive monthly gain for a total of 1.1 million jobs.
During the first 11 months of 2013, eating and drinking places added nearly 300,000 jobs. Driven by these steady gains, restaurant-industry employment is on pace to grow at a robust 3.3 percent rate in 2013 - or more than double the 1.6 percent gain in total U.S. jobs. In addition, 2013 will represent the 14th consecutive year in which restaurant job growth outpaced the overall economy.
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