The Fastest-Growing Jobs In Healthcare Over The Next Decade

Updated on February 28, 2023

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, faster-than-average growth is expected for many jobs within the healthcare industry, and for a good reason. All worker groups and vocations will be in demand, particularly home health aiding professions, predicts the National Employment Matrix.

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As more patients enter the healthcare system overall, more professionals are hired to meet this rise in demand. Although there will be an increased demand for many different professionals within the healthcare industry, some jobs will be in heavier demand than others. Below are four professions with above-average growth rates projected over the next decade.  

The Growing Industry Of Psychedelic Medicine Will Mean More Business  

The growing interest in psychedelic medicines, coupled with advancements in the sciences of our brain and mind, has led to a boom in the research and creation of new psychedelic jobs based on psychedelics like LSD. The most well-known of these new experimental treatments is psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms.  

Psilocybin has been proven to help patients with depression, anxiety, and even addiction. In fact, it may be a potential solution to the current opioid epidemic. Because of this, there is a massive push for new jobs and businesses to support an industry that will see a huge increase over the next few years.  

This isn’t even the tip of the iceberg either—the market for therapeutic applications of psychedelics is expected to grow significantly over the next decade as more research helps us understand how psilocybin can help people with mental illness, addiction, and creativity. Even better? Growth forecasts indicate that the market will double in size during the next five years.


Nurse Practitioners And Physical Therapy Aides Will See Rapid Job Growth  

Healthcare is one of the fastest growing fields in America’s workforce, and this is particularly true for those who have some sort of postsecondary education.   

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, among all healthcare professionals, nurse practitioners and physical therapy aides are expected to see the highest rates of job growth, up to 32% which is much faster than the average respectively.  

Most of this growth is projected to occur in outpatient centers, which are taking on a greater role in providing services. In 2017, over one-third of nursing jobs were found in outpatient settings, but that number is expected to rise to more than half in the next decade. And as more physical therapy clinics begin operating independently from hospitals, more aides will be needed in physical therapy careers.

Rising Demand For Healthcare Services From Aging Baby Boomers Will Result In More Home Health Aide  

The demand for healthcare jobs is likely to increase considerably over the next decade. The need for home health care workers, for example, is expected to rise by about 20% over the same period. As the baby boomer population continues to age, this employment sector will continue to expand, which will be great news for people who are interested in that line of work.  

The reasons behind this growth are pretty clear when you think about it. More adults are getting older and more people are living longer—the number of Americans over 65 years old will double by 2050. That means more people need access to home care—things like help with bathing, managing medication, cooking meals, etc. Home healthcare workers provide these services, and they’ll continue to be in high demand.  

Dental Hygienist Workers Will Also Be In High Demand   

Did you know that more than one million people in the United States suffer from tooth decay? In fact, the rate of adult tooth decay is actually more common than you may think. This is where dental hygienists come in. They are very important in helping patients improve their dental health. As a matter of fact, the average salary for a dental hygienist is $70,000 annually.  

Dental hygienists are the most in-demand healthcare workers with projected job growth of 11% by 2026. This means that there will be 101,900 more dental hygienist jobs open than there were in 2016. The current demand for dental hygienists can be attributed to the increased awareness of the importance of oral health. It’s important to note that you need a license from your state board to work as a dental hygienist.  

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Final Words  

Healthcare is one of the few industries seeing constant growth, and for good reason. As our life expectancy continues to rise, more and more people will be entering the healthcare system. Whether it’s a home health aide helping to make patients more comfortable, or a medical assistant facilitating hospital operations, there is room for growth across many industries. If you’re planning a career in the healthcare field, now may be the perfect time to make that leap.

The Editorial Team at Healthcare Business Today is made up of skilled healthcare writers and experts, led by our managing editor, Daniel Casciato, who has over 25 years of experience in healthcare writing. Since 1998, we have produced compelling and informative content for numerous publications, establishing ourselves as a trusted resource for health and wellness information. We offer readers access to fresh health, medicine, science, and technology developments and the latest in patient news, emphasizing how these developments affect our lives.