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Top 36 Health Care Jobs in 2015

April 2, 2015

Dental HygieneCongratulations to you, our Carrington College students and alumni, for choosing an admirable career field. Whether you’ve chosen to pursue a career in the field of health care, animal care, or criminal justice, you’ve picked an industry that you can be proud of.

What is it you’re looking for?

I’m lucky enough to interview many of you – Carrington students and graduates – in my work. It gives me a lot of insight into the reasons you chose your school, your program and ultimately your career.

Many of you want a career that you can be proud of when someone asks what you do for a living. Some of you are looking for a job where you can help and care for people (or animals) every day, or a career where you can make a difference in the lives of others in your community.

But in addition to those very worthy reasons, most of the students and graduates I speak with also want a solid career with good employment prospects, and a chance for advancement.

The Best Health Care Jobs Of 2015

A survey by U.S. News* listed the top 36 health care jobs in 2015 in the nation. Many of the careers you’ve chosen to study for at Carrington fall within that list. That’s why I opened with “Congratulations!”

In addition to health care practitioners such as physicians, dentists, and nurse practitioners, the list includes many assistant and support staff careers. In fact the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts the most employment growth by 2022 will be among health care support jobs, such as physical therapist assistants.*  So congratulations again #carringtonflock, you’ve trained yourself well.

The rankings used by U.S. News combined factors from the BLS such as 10-year growth volume and growth percentage, median salary, job prospects, employment rate, even stress levels and work-life balance was factored in. Here are the top 6 health care jobs in their listing:

  1. Dentist
  2. Nurse Practitioner
  3. Physician
  4. Dental Hygienist
  5. Physical Therapist
  6. Registered Nurse

Registered NurseSo if you’re a Dental Hygiene student or graduate, or if you’re on track for a career as a registered nurse you’ve chosen well.

But that doesn’t mean the rest of you haven’t, far from it!

Careers in Practical/Vocational Nursing, Medical Radiography, Physical Therapist Assistant, Pharmacy Technology, Veterinary Technology – and more – feature in the top 36 health care jobs for 2015! Check out the full article in U.S. News, with links and statistics provided by the BLS.

A Healthy Field To Work In

A clue to just how healthy the health care sector is, when it comes to employment prospects, is the fact that health care positions occupy seven of the top 10 best jobs for 2015** in any sector not just health care. And if the employment prospects for providers such as dentists, physicians, physical therapists and so on, is healthy, that bodes well for the industry as a whole as they all need assistance and support.

According to U.S. News, the 10 best jobs in 2015 in the United States are:

  1. Dentist
  2. Nurse Practitioner
  3. Software Developer
  4. Physician
  5. Dental Hygienist
  6. Physical Therapist
  7. Computer Systems Analyst
  8. Information Security Analyst
  9. Registered Nurse
  10. Physician Assistant


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