Podiatry Listed Second on List of Hot Healthcare Jobs in 2015

 Podiatry Listed Second on List of Hot Healthcare Jobs in 2015


While many of the new jobs created since the recession are persistently low-paying retail and restaurant positions with no benefits and little chance of advancement, the growing health care sector offers career paths that lead to generous compensation and a secure future. In the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ latest ten-year projections for industry growth, dating from 2012 to 2022, it projected that the health care and social assistance industry will produce one in three of the new jobs in the U.S. over the next decade. Extended longevity and an aging population, combined with expanding insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), are increasing the demand for many health professionals.

CareerCast, a nine-year-old job search website in Carlsbad, CA, just released a list of the 10 jobs it deems to be the best in health care. These jobs don’t pay in the mid-six figures commanded by, say, a heart surgeon, but the top jobs like pharmacist and podiatrist pay more than $100,000, and they don’t involve excessive stress or harsh working conditions, according to CareerCast. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that all the jobs on the list will grow at a healthy clip of at least 14% by 2022. It projects that the fastest-growing job, physical therapist, will expand by 36% in the next decade.

In addition to income and hiring outlook, they look at the work environment, including hazards like toxic fumes or exposure to the elements, physical demands like heavy lifting and stress, including life-threatening risks, competitiveness and travel. They give the highest ratings to jobs with promising income and hiring outlooks, and high points for a pleasant work environment, low stress and modest physical demands.

At the top of that list: The highest-paying of the healthcare jobs ranked by CareerCast this year: Pharmacist, with a median salary of $116,700 and projected growth by 2022 of 14%, according to the BLS.

The second-highest-paying job is the only M.D. slot on the list: podiatrist. Though working on people’s feet all day seems like it could be difficult and even onerous, Lee insists that podiatrists are trained to perform surgery so they can mix up their routines. The field has also had some attrition, in part because the pay is not as high as that of specialties like radiology or neurosurgery. “There aren’t enough podiatrists to fill all the positions,” says Tony Lee, Publisher of CareerCast, yielding a projected growth rate of 23% by 2022.

(Source: Susan Adams, Forbes 12/4/2014)