Did you know that the United States is currently experiencing a shortage of healthcare professionals, specifically doctors and nurses? The Board of Labor predicts that the number of jobs in the healthcare segment is going to grow by 19% by 2024. That means there will be about 2.3 million new jobs across the board.
But that doesn’t mean there will be 2.3 million doctor and nursing positions that needs to be filled. There are many careers that fall under the healthcare professional umbrella.
Let’s take a look at all the possible professions that lie under this category, their median pay, and what you need to enter the field.
These people specialize in preventing, diagnosing, and treating injuries on might sustain while participating in a sport. It includes muscle and bone injuries, and illnesses.
These people diagnose, manage, and treat a person’s hearing, balance, or ear problems.
These people treat patients who have health conditions related to the neuromusculoskeletal system. This includes nerves, bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments. They use spinal manipulation, adjustments, and other techniques to manage back and neck pain.
These people perform a variety of tasks that include providing patient care, taking X-rays, recordkeeping, and scheduling appointments.
These people clean teeth, examine patients to find evidence of an oral disease, and provide patients with other preventative care. They also provide education to patients on how to improve or maintain proper oral health.
These people diagnose and treat patients who have problems with their teeth, gums, and other parts of the mouth. They also can provide recommend ways to care for the teeth and gums, as well as educate how diet choices affect one’s oral health.
These people operate special imaging equipment to create internal images of a patient or to conduct a test. These images help doctors assess and diagnose a medical condition. These technologists may also assist during surgery.
These people use food and nutrition to promote good health as well as manage disease. They can give food and diet recommendations to patients to help them live a healthier lifestyle and/or achieve a specific health-related goal.
These people develop exercise and fitness programs that will help their patients recover from chronic diseases. Their programs improve body composition, cardiovascular function, and flexibility.
These people can determine whether a person or a family is at risk of having children with a genetic disorder or a birth defect. They provide information, as well as support, other healthcare providers or people who are worried about the risk of inherited conditions.
These people help those who need help with daily living functions. Their patients can include those with disabilities, cognitive impairment, or chronic illnesses.
These people provide basic nursing care and are under supervision of registered nurses and doctors.
These people provide treatment to patients by massaging a person’s muscles and soft tissue. They can relieve pain, heal injuries, improve circulation, relieve stress, and evoke relaxation.
These people do the administrative and clinical tasks in hospitals, doctors offices, and other healthcare facilities.
These people organize and manage health information data. They work to ensure the information maintains quality, accuracy, accessibility, and is securely logged both in paper an electronic systems.
These people listen to the recordings of doctors and other healthcare workers and then transcribes them into a written report.
These people operate equipment that creates an image of a person’s body. They use radioactive medicine and administers it to the patient before taking the imagery.
These people coordinate care for their patients, and may provide primary or specialty healthcare.
These people analyze work environments and procedures to ensure they adhere to safety, health, and environmental safety regulations.
These people work with the specialist to collect data and perform tests and measure hazards to keep workers, property, the public, and environment safe.
These people treat ill, injured, or disabled patients to help them recover and live normal lives.
These people fit glasses and contact lenses according to the prescription provided by the optometrist.
These people design and fabricate medical supportive devices for their patients. These include artificial limbs, braces, and other medical or surgical devices.
These people dispense medications accord to a doctor’s prescription. They can also offer advice on how to use the medications safely.
These people work with the pharmacist to dispense prescription medication to customers and/or healthcare professionals.
These people draw blood for medical procedures, transfusions, donations, or research.
These people help sick or injured people improve movement and manage their pain.
Practice medicine alongside physicians, surgeons, and other healthcare workers. They examine, diagnose, and treat patients.
These people diagnose and treat injuries and illnesses. Surgeons perform medical procedures.
These people provide care related to foot, ankle, and lower leg problems.
These people treat cancer and other diseases a patient may require radiation treatment for.
These people perform diagnostic imaging like X-rays on patients. MRI techs operate MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scanners to create diagnostic images.
These people plan, direct, and coordinate recreation-based treatment programs for those with disabilities, injuries, and illnesses.
These people provide and coordinate patient care. They also provide education to patients and public about health conditions.
These people help those who are having difficulty breathing. They treat patients as young as premature babies to elderly patients.
These people assess, diagnose, treat, and help those who have communication or swallowing disorders.
These people assist in surgical operations.
For a full description of each, check out the Department of Labor’s list, found in the Bureau of Labor Statistics listed below.