Have You Heard?
By Tamer Abouras
With tens of thousands of them leaving the workforce daily, it’s probably safe to suggest that the time of Baby Boomers is at an end. The implications that exodus has for programs such as Social Security aside, one interesting dynamic is the degree to which the American economy has changed and evolved since the first Boomers started contributing to it nearly 50 years ago.
Nowadays, there’s almost no second thought given to the idea of going to college — even if you aren’t sure what for. And for those in need of advice when it comes to choosing a major, many helpful parents and grandparents have no doubt chimed in over the years that — in the absence of another plan — virtually any healthcare discipline offers excellent job prospects upon graduation.
Even so, an objective measure of growth rates — or just a cursory glance at healthcare job boards — reveals that too few of us have taken up our elders’ advice, so there’s essentially never a lack of demand for nurses, doctors or other specialists. For all the year(and associated costs) of school, the reward is usually less job-hunting stress than those of us peddling liberal arts degrees experience.
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With that said, choosing a particular field or specialization is by no means a simple process. One has to take into account their passion for a specific field, as well as the practical aspects of it such as median income, job growth outlook and its current unemployment rate. The good news, however, outweighs the bad: those looking to break into the healthcare profession have several great options.
In a new CareerCast survey listing the “Best Jobs in Healthcare of 2015, the Jobs Rated report, which “… evaluates careers based on criteria of stress, hiring potential, income potential and workplace environment,” scored audiologist as the number one overall job in healthcare. It came in with a median income of $69,720 and a growth outlook through 2022 of 34%.
In addition, the report also echoed the sentiment that it’s hard to go wrong when choosing anything from the compiled list, saying “As of November 2015, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports approximately 18.9 million are employed in healthcare professions. That’s an increase of nearly four million from a decade ago, and the industry is projected to grow, as a whole, by another five million by 2022.”
It’s worth exploring — both the survey’s methodology and the careers themselves — but those interested in pursuing a career in hearing care should no doubt be taking away a message from this survey that’s loud and clear: they’re on the right track.