Health Care and Wellness Jobs
The oldest baby boomers—American’s born between 1946 and 1964—turned 65 in 2011, and, to
put in frankly, they are not getting any younger. Today, about 42 million Americans are 65 or older, but that number is expected to double in the next 30 decades and by 2050 more than one-fifth of the U.S. population will be “senior citizens.”
It is no surprise, then, that healthcare, and specifically senior care, is among the fastest growing sectors of the economy. Additionally, President Obama’s Healthcare Reform Act will expand coverage for more than 50 million uninsured and under-insured Americans. In short, this is great time to seek a job in health and wellness.
In fact, 17 of the 30 fastest-growing occupations are health care-related, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. And there has never been a better or easier time to get your degree in a health care or wellness-focused field.
Interested in Becoming a Registered Nurse?
If you are interested in becoming a registered nurse, earning a bachelor’s or master’s degree in nursing can be the fastest, most secure route to steady employment, and online nursing degrees are a convenient way to earn a degree from a respected, accredited institution. Many practicing registered nurses are enrolling in online RN to BSN bachelor’s degree programs in order to improve their skills and knowledge base, move into specialized
employment roles, and increase their value to employers.
Another fast-growing sector of the wellness industry is mental health and organizational psychology. A degree in applied psychology can be your ticket to a job in health care, research, or human resources. Psychologists play an important role in the organization and maintenance of corporate and governmental structures, and it seems like our appetite for knowledge about the forces driving human behavior and human motivation is insatiable.
Green Collar Jobs
Green technology jobs will become an increasingly important and profitable part of the wider economy in the second half of the 21st century. Demand for green retrofitting, home weatherization, and alternative energy and alternative fuel research has caused a surge in demand for competent, environmentally-minded electricians, builders, and engineers.
Environmental engineers with a graduate degree in a related field earn about $83,000 per year on average, and they go to sleep at night knowing that their work has had a significant impact on the environment and the wellness of the planet, now and in the future.
Rapid development in Asia and the third world has caused a huge surge in demand for skilled industrial engineers. Builders, supervisors, and planners who understand how to apply a broad range of skills—expertise in safety, efficiency, quality control, and energy expenditure—to any building process in order to make the process more green and more sustainable are becoming a vital part of the “greening” of the industrial West and rapidly developing East. Expect this industry to continue growing for the foreseeable future.[Photo Via: kanuhawaii]