Have you ever considered beginning a career as a nurse’s aide (aka a nursing assistant)? If you happen to be “on the fence” at this point, then here’s something you should definitely take into consideration.
A recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics disclosed an interesting prediction for STNA jobs through 2016. Positions in this field are expected to become more abundant than positions in any other occupation.
The growing senior citizen population seems to be the main reason for the numerous positions opening up in this field. Employees who decide to retire, resign, or change careers will also contribute to this growth when they vacate their positions.
Naturally, the majority of open positions will be in the senior care sectors. During this time, nurses and other health care officials will be in very high demand. Assisted living facilities will hire the majority of new employees. Hospitals will increase their staff as well but not by as much.
Well, it just makes sense doesn’t it? The post-World War II “Baby Boomers” represent about ¼ of the entire US population or about 75 MILLION people. Born between 1946 and 1964, they’re currently in their 50s and 60s, with the oldest about to enter their 70s.
While most of them are still relatively young compared to the nursing home population, their aging status, in conjunction with those who are retiring from healthcare jobs, is already starting to have a massive impact on the demand for healthcare professionals.
Don’t think so? Just take a look at the chart above.
Just look at that spike starting in 2012 going into 2013!
And that was over two years ago. What do you think is going to happen to the healthcare job market when increasing numbers of the Boomers enter their 70s?
The takeaway from all this is that there has NEVER BEFORE in US HISTORY, been a better time to begin a career in the healthcare industry. These days, landing a job in the healthcare field is much easier than in other fields, and as demand grows, it will become easier still.
Remember what you learned in economics class about “Supply and Demand”?
As the demand grows (due to an increase of elderly citizens needing healthcare) and supply diminishes (because older professionals are retiring) not only will it become much easier to get a job in the healthcare niche, but wages will rise in proportion to growing demand.
Employers will have a hard time filling these positions due to a scarcity of professional healthcare workers. To attract the best employees and fill positions quickly, employers will need to offer higher pay, giving employees the upper hand while employers compete amongst each other.
If you pursue a career in the healthcare field, you’ll be amongst those employees who will have the negotiating power when the time arrives. Starting your occupational pursuit today will put you in a better position tomorrow.
In addition to the demand for nurse’s aides, almost every career in the healthcare field is flourishing. All you need to do is choose the one that interests you the most. You can become a medical assistant, dental assistant, nurse, or health care facilitator. All of these fields are perfect for the person who is looking for stability and growth.
In a few short years, the healthcare field will have more positions than the available professionals can fill. It only makes sense to enter into a field that has a very promising future.