December __, 2009 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)
Home health aides was one of the fastest growing healthcare occupations between May 2004 and May 2008. Home health aides had the greatest absolute and percentage employment increase from May 2004 to May 2008, increasing by 293,650, or 54.3 percent.
Medical assistants had faster percentage growth, at 24.4 percent, than registered nurses, which grew 10.2 percent.
Two relatively small occupations, radiologic technologists and technicians and emergency medical technicians and paramedics, both grew at a faster pace than most occupations shown, by 18.2 percent and 17.8 percent, respectively.