Healthcare Occupations

Employment of healthcare occupations is projected to grow 18 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 2.4 million new jobs. Healthcare occupations are projected to add more jobs than any of the other occupational groups. This projected growth is mainly due to an aging population, leading to greater demand for healthcare services.

The median annual wage for healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (such as registered nurses, physicians and surgeons, and dental hygienists) was $64,770 in May 2017, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations in the economy of $37,690.

Healthcare support occupations (such as home health aides, occupational therapy assistants, and medical transcriptionists) had a median annual wage of $28,710 in May 2017, lower than the median annual wage for all occupations in the economy.

Education al requirements vary depending upon the job. There are many technician jobs tied to an associate's degree. It is also a pathway to earn a bachelor's degree.

Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
What do they do? - Perform routine medical laboratory tests for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. May work under the supervision of a medical technologist.

How do I get started? - Visit Workforce West Virginia to find an office near you, or check out the Community & Technical College System.
Health Information Technician
What do they do? - They ensure that the information maintains its quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security in both paper files and electronic systems.

How do I get started? - Visit Workforce West Virginia to find an office near you, or check out the Community & Technical College System.