Many people have questions about what future careers in health care will hold. This presentation, developed from Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute Health Care Report, shows the national trends in health care employment.
Demand for health care professionals will continue to grow at twice the rate of other jobs over the next ten years...
...but, these jobs will require additional education beyond high school. Careers in health care require more education than in almost any other employment sector.
More than just doctors require graduate degrees: nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists, and administrators all require education beyond a four years in college.
Health care is growing more complex, and a high school diploma will not be enough to get a job. By 2020, some type of post-secondary training will be required for 9 out of 10 jobs.
Post-secondary training is more than just a 4-year college classroom (although bachelor’s degrees are important). Many jobs will require certification at the community college level and high-schools are incorporating dual-enrollment strategies to facilitate these certifications.
One advantage to developing additional health care-related skills is the significant wage premium for working in health care at all levels of education.
While high-skill workers are compensated well, individuals pursuing these careers significantly investment in education.
Even low-skill workers earn a significantly more than their peers in other service industry jobs. Most will earn $1000 or $2000 in additional annual salary just for working in health care.
Health care is becoming increasingly complex, requiring providers – especially nurses – to gain additional post-secondary education credentials to perform some basic care needs.
While science and math is essential to health care, students who excel at science, technology, engineering, and math should not be “pushed” into health care. The skills to succeed in health care are different than those who may succeed in engineering and science.
Closing the achievement gap in America's high schools is essential to maintaining diversity in health care careers. As education and training requirements increase, educators and policy makers need to ensure all students are prepared in high school to succeed in the marketplace.
Diversity is especially an issue in medical schools. Most medical school students come from upper-middle class backgrounds, and 75 percent of students come from families earning twice the U.S. median income.
Efforts to ensure students from all backgrounds gain the skills needed - starting in preschool and continuing through college - is essential .