Planning, managing and providing therapeutic services, diagnostic services, health informatics, support services, and biotechnology research and development.
Health care is the largest and fastest-growing industry in the United States. The health care industry employs over 10 million workers in more than 200 careers. The current and projected health care workforce shortage is creating a health care crisis across the nation. Health care employment growth between 2004-2014 is projected to be 19 percent. The 2006-07 edition of the Occupational Outlook Handbook predicts three of the top four fastest-growing occupations will be in the Health Science industry. Home health aides are predicted to grow by 56 percent, medical assistants will grow by 52 percent, and physician assistants will grow by 49 percent. The explosion of technology in health care and an unprecedented aging population contribute to the national health care workforce shortage.
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