Health care job growth outpaces all other sectors

People in search of a job might want to think about working in health care.

Jobs in health care grew while jobs in other sectors declined, according to a report by the Center for Health Workforce Studies at the University at Albany School of Public Health.

Between 2010 and 2020, jobs in the health care sector are projected to grow by 30 percent, more than twice as fast as the general economy. University researchers analyzed numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In March, health care employment continued to grow, adding 26,000 jobs, the bureau found. Within the industry, offices of physicians and hospitals each added 8,000 jobs over the month. 

The report also found:

  • While total U.S. employment dropped by more than 2 percent between 2000 and 2010, health care employment grew by more than 25 percent during the same period.
  • More than 13 percent of the U.S. labor force worked in the health sector or in a health occupation (19 million jobs out of 143 million jobs in U.S. labor force).
  • The health care sector is projected to add over 4.2 million jobs between 2010 and 2020, with 63 percent of those in ambulatory settings (offices of health practitioners, home health, and other non-institutional settings).
  • Registered nurses, home health aides, and personal care aides are among the occupations nationally projected to have the largest job growth between 2010 and 2020, adding more than 2 million jobs and with another 700,000 job openings due to vacancies from attrition.

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