The Fastest-Growing Health Care Jobs

Thanks to a larger population of elderly, advances in technology, and a focus on preventative care, health care is the most rapidly expanding industry in the US. In fact, healthcare employment is expected to make up over a quarter of all new jobs created in the United States with 5.7 million new positions opening up before 2020.

Here is a projection of some the fastest-growing health care jobs between 2010 and 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. (Find out more about dental assistant employment.)

Occupation

Percent Change in Jobs,
2010-2020

Home Health Aides
69.4%
Physical Therapist Assistants
45.7%
Physical Therapist Assistants and Aides
44.6%
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
43.5%
Occupational Therapy Assistants
43.3%
Physical Therapist Aides
43.1%
Physical Therapists
39.0%
Dental Hygienists
37.7%
Audiologists
36.8%
Veterinarians
35.9%
Occupational Therapists
33.5%
EMTs and Paramedics
33.3%
Optometrists
33.1%
Occupational Therapy Aides
33.0%
Pharmacy Technicians
32.4%
Therapists
30.9%
Medical Assistants
30.9%
Dental Assistants
30.8%
Athletic Trainers
30.0%
Physician Assistants
29.5%
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians
29.3%
Opticians, Dispensing
28.9%
Pharmacy Aides
28.6%
Chiropractors
28.3%
Physicians and surgeons
27.9%
Therapists, All Other
27.8%
Radiologic Technologists and Technicians
27.7%
Respiratory Therapists
26.0%
Registered Nurses
26.0%

Figures courtesy of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Employment & Wages database.