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Spring 2014
Vol. 58, Number 1
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Healthcare: Millions of jobs now and in the future

In career news, healthcare is everywhere. That's because the healthcare industry is projected to add more jobs—over 4 million—than any other industry between 2012 and 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). And it is projected to be among the fastest-growing industries in the economy.

"Without a doubt, there's a lot of opportunity in healthcare," says Stephanie Drake, former executive director of the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration in Chicago, Illinois.

But which areas of work are expected to have the best outlook? What are the occupations, and what do they pay? And how do you prepare for them?

This article answers those questions. The first section describes the industry and how it's growing. The second section discusses the occupations in healthcare. And the third section explains how to get started in these occupations. Sources for more information are at the end.

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Last Updated: March 28, 2014