The job growth in Health care support occupations is a result of a growing elderly population and less costly home care compared to institutional care.
Home Health Aide is the largest healthcare occupation in terms of job growth, followed by nursing aides, orderlies and attendants and medical assistants. The demand for health care is growing, while the supply of workers is not keeping pace. More and more, paraprofessional workers are providing care for the elderly. In addition, health care delivery is changing-patients are now discharged from hospitals while still in various stages of recovery, requiring more post-hospital care.
Job growth is centered in the following five sectors: general medical and surgical hospitals, offices of physicians, individual and family services, vocational rehabilitation services, community care facilities for the elderly.
A number of career pathways exist for entry-level health service workers. For example, nursing aides with the proper training, can move up to a position as a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN). A home health aide could progress to a position as a physical therapy aide or a medical assistant. Medical Assistants can move to Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN), Pharmacy Aide or Physical Therapy Assistant.