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Report: Demand for Health-Care Workers Still Rising

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A recent report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts that health care will account for one-third of the 15.6 million new U.S. jobs created in the next decade.

According to the report, U.S. employers will add 526,800 new registered nurses to their payrolls from 2012 to 2022, and another 182,900 licensed vocational nurses — both with growth rates that are twice the overall 10.8-percent gain in jobs over that period. Here are 10 of the fastest growing jobs, as identified by the BLS, and 10-year growth rate:

  • Diagnostic medical sonographer — 46 percent
  • Physical therapists — 36 percent
  • Physician assistants — 38.4 percent
  • Dental hygenists — 33.3 percent
  • Nurse practitioners — 33.7 percent
  • Registered nurses — 19.4 percent
  • Information security analysts — 36.5 percent
  • Market research analysts and marketing specialists — 31.6 percent
  • General and operations managers — 12.4 percent
  • Interpreters and translators — 46.1 percent