The 4 best jobs for millennials

Some of the best jobs for millennials are in the field of health care.Millennials (also known as Gen Y) are the generation comprised of people born between roughly 1980 and 2000. While there has been a lot of negative press for what has been termed the “me, me, me generation,” those who are familiar with the 20-something crowd tend to view them as hard working, driven individuals.1 While the economy has made things a bit difficult over the past few years, there are still plenty of careers out there are not only offering entry-level jobs, but also presenting opportunities for upward mobility.2 Check out some of the best jobs for millennials:

Dental assistants

An exciting job in the dental industry, dental assistants interact directly with patients to make them more comfortable and prepare them for treatments and procedures. They also help dentists by passing instruments and teach patients about proper dental hygiene.3 Approximately 18 percent of dental assistants are ages 16-24, and the job is experiencing rapid growth.4 On average, they earn more than $33,000 per year.5

Medical assistants

If you want to work in health care and think you would enjoy working directly with patients, then medical assisting may be right for you. Medical assistants help doctors perform examinations, schedule appointments, and help patients feel comfortable.6 Approximately 18 percent of medical assistants are between the ages of 16 and 24, so it’s a great profession for young people.7

Home health aides

Another occupation in the health care industry, home health aides assist patients in their homes by administering medications, helping people with disabilities perform their daily routines and providing personal care like bathing and dressing. Employment is growing rapidly in this field, with a 70 percent employment increase expected between 2010 and 2020.8

Physical therapist assistants

If you think you would prefer working on the rehabilitation side of health care, why not become a physical therapist assistant? Physical therapist assistants help patients with their exercises, note their physical status, use techniques like massage to help treat them, and educate both the patient and his or her family members about how to continue the treatments at home. The median annual salary for people with this job is $49,690 per year, and the growth of employment is much faster than average.9

1 Bors, Matt, CNN, ‘The generation we love to dump on,’ July 9, 2013 – http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/09/opinion/bors-millenial-comic-strip
2 Goudreau, Jenna, Forbes, ‘The Best Jobs For Young People,’ March 16, 2012 – http://www.forbes.com/sites/jennagoudreau/2012/03/16/the-best-jobs-for-young-people/
3 Bureau of Labor Statistics, ‘What Dental Assistants Do,’ June 26, 2012 – http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/dental-assistants.htm#tab-2
4 Forbes, ‘The 15 Best Jobs for Young People,’ 2012 – http://www.forbes.com/pictures/lmj45ikjh/no-1-dental-assistants/
5 Bureau of Labor Statistics, ‘Dental Assistants,’ June 26, 2012 – http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/dental-assistants.htm#tab-1
6 Bureau of Labor Statistics, ‘What Medical Assistants Do,’ March 29, 2012 – http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-assistants.htm#tab-2
7 Forbes, ‘The 15 Best Jobs for Young People,’ 2012 – http://www.forbes.com/pictures/lmj45ikjh/no-1-dental-assistants/
8 Bureau of Labor Statistics, ‘Home Health and Personal Care Aides,’ April 5, 2012 – http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/home-health-and-personal-care-aides.htm
9 Bureau of Labor Statistics, ‘Physical Therapy Assistants and Aides,’ March 29, 2012 – http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/physical-therapist-assistants-and-aides.htm#tab-1

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