30 Fastest Growing Jobs in Health Care

Thanks to a larger aging population, advances in technology and a focus on preventative care, health care is the most rapidly expanding industry in the US. Many career options are available in this popular industry, attracting workers from all types of backgrounds.

Here is a projection of the fastest-growing health care jobs between 2006 and 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Occupation

Job Growth,
2006-2016

Personal and home care aides
53.0%
Home health aides
46.9%
Medical assistants
36.1%
Pharmacy technicians
31.6%
Dental hygienists
30.4%
Physical therapists
30.4%
Dental assistants
30.3%
Physical therapist assistants
29.7%
Physician assistants
29.6%
Counselors
29.3%
Social and human service assistants
28.9%
Occupational therapists
28.4%
Cardiovascular technologists
25.5%
Registered Nurses
25.2%
Surgical technologists
24.6%
Respiratory therapists
23.4%
Paramedics and EMTs
22.3%
Pharmacists
22.2%
Food servers
20.0%
Ultrasound technologists
19.2%
Medical billing and coding
18.6%
Nurse assistants
18.3%
Management
18.2%
Physicians and surgeons
17.1%
X-ray technologists
15.4%
Administrative support
14.4%
Clinical lab technicians
14.3%
Licensed practical nurses
13.4%
Medical transcriptionists
10.5%
Dentists
7.5%