Job Outlook for Healthcare Careers
Those who work in the healthcare industry enjoy rewarding careers filled with growth and opportunity. Today, careers in fields like pharmacology, dentistry, general medicine, and other specialties are in high demand. So which one fits you? Whether you plan to enroll in college or want to switch careers, here are five fast-growing healthcare careers you can explore.

Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy technicians help licensed pharmacists review drug prescriptions, insurance policies, and patient records. They may work for retail pharmacies such as CVS/pharmacy or Walgreens, or in hospitals, schools, or government offices. Due to a shortage of pharmacists, many pharmacy technicians also help out with managing inventory, running software programs, and performing other related tasks. Students who train to become pharmacy technicians can receive hands-on training through externships and can take the board certification exam upon graduation.

Medical Billing and Coding

Medical billing and coding workers manage records for doctors, clinics, and private offices. They help run things behind the scenes so doctors can focus on treating patients. Medical billing careers often offer flexible hours and some who work in this field even work from home. Likewise, medical billing online courses let you learn and can help get you ready to take the certification exams. Enroll in an accredited medical coding program today and take the first step toward breaking into the field at your own pace.

Dental Assistant

Dental assistants help dentists with X-rays, teeth cleaning, local anesthesia, and other daily tasks. They know how to clean and operate dental tools and equipment, as well as perform regular lab work. They also schedule appointments and organize patient records. Dental assistants work full time or part time. On top of already high demand, dental assistant openings are projected to increase over 25 percent by 2022¹. Complete the required training and certifications required by the state you plan to work in and you can begin a dental assistant career.

Medical Assistant

Like medical billing and coding professionals, medical assistants help keep bills and patient records in order. They also aid doctors with exams, much like dental assistants. Nationally Accredited medical assistant associate degree programs can help prepare you for the CMA (certified medical assistant) and RMA (registered medical assistant) exams, helping you stand out to potential employers. And once you’re ready to search for jobs, you’re in luck: Careers for medical assistants are expected to grow by nearly 30 percent through 2022².

Physical Therapy Aide

If you enjoy helping others recover from injury, a career as a physical therapy aide is a great option. You’ll help teach patients about healing exercises, as well as perform common treatments such as heat and cold therapy. Physical therapy aides are strong communicators, offering encouragement and advice to patients. Physical therapists often choose an aide’s duties, which may change over time to meet patient needs. A comprehensive physical therapy course provides the knowledge and skills to take the first step towards securing a job in this rewarding field.

Ready to take the first steps toward the healthcare career of your dreams? Contact Penn Foster Career School today to learn more about how you can get started.


¹ Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Dental Assistants, on the Internet here.

² Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Medical Assistants, on the Internet here.

Statistics found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook are based on national data, so job growth in your area may be different.