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Healthcare Worker Shortage Projected to Grow
Posted: December 26, 2018
According to a recent report by Mercer, a global health care staffing consultancy, “the U.S. will need to hire 2.3 million new healthcare workers by 2025.”1 With baby boomers living longer and requiring health services, there is more of a need for healthcare professionals. And it’s not just doctors and nurses who will fulfill the demand; support staff is more crucial than ever. There is already high demand for professionals like Medical Assistants, Certified Nurse Aides, and Phlebotomy Technicians, and according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand will be faster than average for all three professions through 2026. 2/3/4
What that means for you is that 2019 may be the perfect year to start a career in the multitrillion dollar healthcare industry. What do you think? Do any of these careers appeal to you?
1. Certified Nurse Aide
As a Certified Nurse Aide or Home Health Aide, you could find work at healthcare facilities or private residences. CNAs are important members of a healthcare team who have a lot of direct patient contact. According to the Mercer report, Home Health Aides are expected to have the largest number of new job openings, with more than 420,000 positions projected. The great thing about becoming a Home Health Aide or a CNA is that you can . You’ll learn what you need to know to assist patients with their medical conditions and everyday tasks. Some of your daily duties will include assessing your resident’s health, helping with feeding and bathing, and aiding in daily activities. In this role, you will be very hands on and will become an important person in your patient’s daily life.
2. Medical Assistant
Medical Assistants are also in high demand. In fact, the BLS projects “much faster than average” job growth for the profession. That’s probably because doctors and nurses have come to rely on all that Medical Assistants do. As a Medical Assistant, you will work alongside other members of the healthcare team, playing a key role in the patient care side of treatment. You may even see the patient more than the doctor does! If you love the idea of helping others and getting to know them and their families, this could be a great career path for you. Here’s how to tell if.
3. Phlebotomy Technician
Even if you’re not quite sure what a phlebotomy technician is, chances are you’ve met one and you didn’t know it. Phlebotomists work in hospitals, clinics, and labs to get your blood, urine, and other bodily fluids tested so that your physicians can give you a proper diagnosis. So their job is pretty important. With such a shortage of other healthcare professionals, it comes as no surprise that these lab techs will be in high demand as well. To become a phlebotomist, you will need to learn how to properly collect blood, perform urinalysis, take vitals, and handle and process specimens.
If you are interested in any of the above healthcare roles you can train at Career Quest Learning Centers. In addition to the skills you’ll need for the profession, we’ll teach you about soft skills and career networking. With hard work and some training you could be on your way to becoming a CNA, a Medical Assistant or a Phlebotomy Technician. Fill out the form and we’ll answer any questions you have about the careers and our programs.