What Is Currently Trending In The Western Medical Services?
Trends in the medical industry swing according to the general health of the population and economy. The healthcare paradigm in America changes with each couple of years, nowadays with every technological discovery or political regime. A proper insight, useful for a specific forecast, is not only necessary in order to obtain a credible analysis, but also needs to correlate with the job market, the school rankings and the growing alternative industries. The medical field seems to be pretty fertile in the vision of several studies and reports, starting with a spectrum of jobs and ending with quality education options. While there is no exact definition of the perfect job, it just might be possible that the field of health care will define it in the following years.
Jobs in the Actual Western Medical Industry
In an overview, according to a report via U.S. News (Money), 7 out of 10 jobs listed among the best 100 working places in the United States happen to be connected to the medical industry. Not only there is and will be an increase of available workplaces, but there are also plenty of workforce placement companies: Aaron Healthcare provides facility staffing or in-home care. A dense search can also be an option on the website of the Global Health Council, where jobs are listed from a broad network of NGOs, universities, companies and partners. That doesn’t mean one can’t search on smaller sites too. There are plenty of organizations of all legal forms and sizes, from Valley Health, to Santa Maria Health Care Center or Worthington Health Center.
The U.S. workforce forms itself according to a diverse conjunction of talents, desires and lifestyles, so that the market is full of alternatives that can suit every personality. Medical jobs don’t need further billing: they are convenient for those who can study patiently for several years. Those who won’t stay in school for a minimum of six years have the option of achieving some so-called “middle-skills” that often require no more than a two years’ study followed by an associate’s degree. With this degree, they can start working as lab technicians or radiation therapists. These are also mobile jobs: there are plenty of places where a physician can search for work. Even if it seems like a fair domain, some steps to equality and equity still need to be made: according to a study cited online on AL, women in medical education leadership earn about $25,000 less than men, which is certainly an international phenomenon.
As a student becomes an adult and opts for a profession, some factors are extremely relevant. According to the same source, the best jobs pay well, present a challenge without stressing you out and have prospects for a future growth. Let us take a look at the these best medically-related jobs and analyze how this top was created and also what schools prepare you for one of these positions.
- Physician Assistant, ranked 7th.
With a median salary of almost $93,000 a year and approximately 33,300 jobs on the market to be occupied soon, this position seems calm and quiet, but there is a relevant level of unpredictability attached to the job description! It seems that weather affects the daily fluctuations of this job: summer means sports- or outdoor-related injuries, while winter brings a high number of flu cases. On a daily basis, assistants swing from case to case, presenting an increased adaptability to stress.
Among the job’s tasks: X-rays interpretations, blood tests, patient progress recording, routine physical examinations, ailment treating. A physician assistant practices in primary care, family and emergency medicine and psychiatry, with the possibility of changing the main focus among the given career. The unemployment rate is 1.4 percent, one of the lowest in the whole list from the U.S. News. Although statistics might indicate that the ever growing technology development is basically replacing a wide range of jobs with a specific device which performs a previously human-performed task, including some in medical care, basic care-takers in these medically-related industries still need to be appointed, which provides stability and safety. On the contrary, The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts “an astounding 38.4 percent employment growth in this profession between 2012 and 2022”, due to a heightened demand for health care services among seniors, an increase in the prevalence of chronic diseases and a shortage in the number of physicians in the past years.
Top earnings in this job can reach $130,000 (with notable high salaries in Florida, New Mexico and Texas), while the lowest 10 percent brought in about $62,000. Most physician assistants found a job in the recent past in a doctor’s office, an outpatient care center or at a general medical and surgical facility.
- Physical Therapist, ranked 5th.
What do a runner with a stress fracture, a softball player after a bad slide into home base or someone who’s bedridden after a stroke have in common? The visit to a physical therapist, a job to which many doctors will refer their patients to for a wide range of issues. The job description for this preoccupation involves planning and executing a rehabilitative programme which has to improve patients’ mobility, increase their strength and relieve their pain. From exercises and stretches, hands-on therapies to devices that assist motor function, including educating the patient’s support system, a physical therapist needs to know it all. Sometimes, this kind of a specialist will consult with physicians, social workers or occupational therapists in order to offer a most holistic care. The aging Western population, patients with chronic conditions, including diabetes and obesity, will require more and more durable physical therapy, which only means a projected growth of 36 percent through 2022. A specialist in this field is currently earning between $56,000 to 113,000 a year, with highest incomes in schools or home health care, especially in Texas or Las Vegas. The unemployment rate is also small, of only 1.5 percent. A physical therapist can work on his or her own or at a clinic, which also provides a possibility for an independent schedule.
- Dentist, ranked 1st.
If a median salary of $145,000 (with a top $188,000 earning) and an unemployment rate of 0.9 percent sounds good to you, then you might be interested to read this through. Extracting teeth, fitting dentures or cavities, performing oral surgeries, treating oral diseases or straightening teeth might just be the world’s best job description, especially for those looking for a balance between working hours, stress and payment. And not to forget about teeth whitening or other cosmetic intrusions, which also pay well and only take a few tens of minutes. Well, good news: it seems that until 2022, there is an expected 16 percent growth in the market for dentists. Your oral care is done by a specialized group, since a dentist works with dental hygienists (another well ranked job) and with dental assistants, who keep records and sterilize instruments. The best compensation a dentist can get is currently in New Hampshire and Georgia.
Physician assistants need to present a remarkable response to the stringent educational requirements in order to access their field. A master’s degree from one of the 170 accredited educational programmes, after attending four years of undergraduate science coursework is considered to be necessary. Let’s take a peek into the three best schools for which American aspiring physician assistants can apply:
- Duke University (Durham, NC)
- University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA)
- George Washington University (Washington, DC) and Emory University (Atlanta, GA), with a tie.
Someone interested in becoming a physical therapist needs to find an accredited physical therapy program, of which there are approximately 200. Usually, a program lasts three years and requires a bachelor’s degree. A clinical residency or fellowship is also an optional action after graduation. A state-specific license is mandatory for practice. Here’s a ranking of the best three schools:
- University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
- University of Delaware (Newark, DE)
- University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA) on a tie with Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)
Becoming a dentist is preceded by years of complex schooling, starting with a focus on Advanced Placement courses in physics, chemistry, mathematics and mathematics. During undergraduate years, those who aspire to be dentists will do pre-med courses in chemistry, biology and mathematics. A good score on the Dental Admission Test will include acceptance into dental school, where there will be a lot of practical and technical training. Residency takes about two years, after which practice requires a state-specific license. The best three schools for future dentists:
- Harvard University, School of Dental Medicine (Cambridge, MA)
- University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry (Stockton, CA)
- University of Maryland at Baltimore, Baltimore College of Dental Surgery (Baltimore, MD)
Prospecting Alternative Medicine and Connected Fields
As medicine keeps shifting from a paradigm to another, it generates connected effects to any tangent field and leaves space for new therapies to appear, form and spread. The view people have on the evolution of medicine is the object of study for anthropology of health. The outlook to be analyzed here is how, from an industrial and lucrative point of view, current paths of evolution generate financial gain or loss and a fluctuation in human resources.
The market of medical devices and equipment is a prolific field where researchers fulfill their career goals and advanced recovery solutions are created. Some companies are straight out veterans in the industry, like Armstrong Medical Industries, Inc. On a different level, take Google for an example, and their life sciences division that will work with Johnson & Johnson’s medical device company – Ethicon will create a robotics-assisted surgical platform, which will help doctors in the operating theater. That benefits the patient, the doctor, the researcher too. Medical supply is also a money-generating subject, which will develop at the pace of medicine itself, according to sales and numbers and the obvious relationship between these elements, like Surgipath Consumables from Leica Biosystems. There is also a market for life improvement products, with companies such as Brown Med, which gathered a catalog of no less than 11 brands of medical products to be distributed.
Drug design is another interesting and evolving domain connected to medicine, opposing the militants for natural remedies. As the Food And Drug Administration is more preoccupied with homeopathy and regulating this field of alternative therapy, naturopathy is also under the spotlight. The medical use of marijuana, for an example, marks serious changes in the industry or medical services and pharmaceutics. Selling cannabis for the same diagnosis for which people would have bought allopathic painkillers some time ago modifies the matrix of the market associated to medical services. Finally, there is a market around medicine for each level and sub-domain, for each step along the way: pharmaceutical waste and medical garbage disposal is also a market full of job opportunities.
Medicine is interconnected to diverse other domains in forms of various institutions, like the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation, which was an organization that tested pornographic actors for sexually transmitted diseases and HIV on a scheduled basis. Unfortunately, the patient database leaked in 2011 and now the foundation is closed, as it went bankrupt after facing a privacy lawsuit.
Finally, the medical industry will keep staying on an upward trend, correlating itself with technological findings, a continuously modifying job market and a multitude of connected fields.