Healthcare Assistant

Nature of Work

Combining medical technology and the human touch, the healthcare industry diagnoses, treats, and administers care around the clock, responding to the needs of millions of people-from newborns to the terminally ill. About 76 percent of healthcare establishments are offices of physicians, dentists, or other health practitioners. Although hospitals constitute only 1 percent of all healthcare establishments, they employ 35 percent of all workers.

The healthcare industry includes establishments ranging from small-town private practices of physicians who employ only one medical assistant to busy inner-city hospitals that provide thousands of diverse jobs. The healthcare industry consists of the following segments:

Career Outlook

Healthcare jobs are grouped into five detailed industries: hospitals, offices of health practitioners, nursing and residential care facilities, home healthcare services, and outpatient, laboratory, and other ambulatory care services. More than 15.8 million jobs existed in these industries in 2013. Employment in each of the detailed industries in 2013 was as follows:

Healthcare employment is projected to grow by 26 percent from 2012 through 2022, an increase of about 4.1 million jobs.

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Healthcare Assistant

Heathcare Science

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