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It’s that time of year again: when the weather gets colder and cases of the common cold, influenza, COVID-19, and other seasonal respiratory illnesses increase. Experts are warning of a potential “tridemic”, or simultaneous surges in COVID-19, influenza, and RSV. Children’s hospitals are filling up with cases of respiratory illnesses much earlier in the season than normal, and the nationwide surge of RSV is catching hospitals by surprise. Following these surges is a demand for respiratory and cardiopulmonary healthcare professionals equipped to treat these illnesses. Check out this list of healthcare jobs most in demand during the uptick of seasonal respiratory illnesses.
While healthcare jobs in general are in demand, there are a few careers that are specifically projected to take off in the next decade. These jobs on the rise will only continue to grow alongside the aging baby boomer population and healthcare emergencies like COVID-19 and monkeypox. Here are the five fastest growing healthcare professions! Physical therapy assistant (PTA) Respiratory therapist (RT) Phlebotomist Physical therapist (PT) Occupational therapist (OT)
You’re probably aware of the shortage of healthcare professionals and the demand that shortage has created, with labor statistics predicting a nurse staffing shortage of 510,394 by 2030 and an overall projected shortage of 3.2 million healthcare workers by 2026. With this need in the healthcare industry comes the opportunity to find employment more easily and a greater chance of remaining employed as more nurses reach retirement age and the need to meet demand of care for the aging population increases. If you’re already a healthcare traveler or are considering making the switch, check out these tips on how to take advantage of the healthcare staffing shortage!