Healthcare is a booming industry right now, offering a great career option for many people. It will continue to grow as the population of the U.S. is projected to increase by 11 percent. In many areas, healthcare dominates in job creation.
In fact, in Ohio, healthcare jobs outnumber the manufacturing industry. These jobs are great news for the local economy and the healthcare industry alike. But, as the healthcare industry grows, some wonder whether this growth represents real progress. Does the growth indicate an industry that’s prospering, or is it an indicator of inefficiency and the complex nature of healthcare? There’s a number of reasons the industry is growing:
- Healthcare requires large teams working together to have successful outcomes. That is part of the reason healthcare jobs are outnumbering manufacturing jobs. Workers in the field aren’t all patient facing, but they all impact quality of care. For example, the shuttle driver at a medical campus may not have a job caring for patients, but without him, patients and care providers might not make it to appointments on time. For every patient care provider, there is a whole team of support staff that makes the patient care possible. Any cut in this team could impact the quality of patient care.
- The demand for healthcare has increased in recent years as baby boomers age and require more healthcare services. Calls for reform include dedicating more resources to home health care.
- Advancements in medical science: As research continues and more discoveries are made this will create new jobs in the field.
- Focus on preventative care: In the climate of health care reform, policymakers and health care providers are trying to find a balance in which preventative care costs less than reactive care.
Wherever Washington goes from here, the healthcare industry will continue to grow and require large teams to remain efficient and provide patients with quality care. Contact us to learn more about how you can start a career in healthcare.