The Expanding Healthcare Industry
Growth of Healthcare Industry
The healthcare industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States for a number of different reasons. More money is being spent on healthcare each year, as more and more Americans seek out healthcare professionals and services to diagnose and treat diseases, pains and problems in their body. Here are some of the reasons this industry is growing super fast.
Humans are Fallible
People get sick. They injure themselves. They have aches and pain, and most importantly they can't live forever.
Due to the way the human body is designed, it is inevitable that individuals will need medical attention and treatment at different points in their life.
This ensures that the medical profession will always be around, and as more and more individuals exist on the planet, the need for those with medical education and training will increase.
Elderly Population Expanding
The elderly population in the United States is rapidly expanding, as people are now living longer. In addition a significant baby boom around World War II occurred, and individuals from that boom are nearing retirement and old age, in which they will require more healthcare services and treatments. This increased need is also fueling the high demand for experience medical personnel.
The health care field is also growing due to the importance doctors, physicians and other medical professionals have placed on living healthy lifestyles and preventing diseases. More and more information is becoming available about things that are hazardous to your health, as well as things that help you become healthier. For example, a few decades ago information was not known on the seriousness of cholesterol or cigarette smoking, yet today Americans know to quit smoking, cut down on salt and exercise daily in order to prevent either one from causing a heart attack or other severe health problem. Not knowing this information made it difficult for doctors to educate their patients on what steps to take to live a healthy lifestyle. Now though, doctors know this and advise their patients. They also know the importance of routine screenings for certain health problems, thus more and more individuals are taking part of health services that provide preventive screenings than ever before in the past.
As the healthcare industry grows to accommodate more patients and more services, it must add additional jobs and positions in order to ensure appropriate staffing levels for all patients. This is why the healthcare industry is one of the fastest growing career fields in the United States today. In fact, the Department of Labor predicts that between now and 2014, there will be a 30% increase in the number of healthcare jobs available. This means that nearly 5 million new jobs in the healthcare field will be created within the next 5-6 years.
The biggest staffing challenge for healthcare providers right now is the nursing shortage. There simply aren't enough trained nurses to fill the open jobs!
In addition to a growing number of job opportunities, healthcare workers will have more options to choose from. Companies competing for skilled and trained workers will offer competitive wages, hours and benefits, as well as provide workers with the opportunity to choose the locations and areas in which they want to work.