5 Healthcare Jobs in High Demand Due to the Pandemic

There has been a sharp rise in the demand for certain medical field related job roles during the pandemic. Healthcare systems have been under great pressure all over the world and the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects healthcare jobs to grow at almost three times the average growth rate for other occupations within the next decade. 

Knowing which jobs have the most promising outlook can help individuals to make more strategic decisions regarding their future careers. Here are five healthcare jobs in high demand. 

Healthcare administration managers

There’s a rapidly increasing need for business professionals to manage the unique challenges in healthcare administration – challenges highlighted by the pandemic. Skilled managers are required to understand the specific demands of healthcare information management, the ethical standards required, and the quality of services patients need. 

Graduates of the Carroll University online MBA in Healthcare Administration are fully equipped to face all the challenges head-on. Carroll University’s convenient, eight-week semesters allow students to complete coursework while still seeing to family, work and community responsibilities.

Registered nurses

Employment for registered nurses is expected to grow faster than the average for all other occupations. With an aging world population, they are particularly in demand to care for patients in their own homes and in settings like residential care facilities. 

There are many specialties registered nurses can consider if they want to progress in their careers, such as becoming a nursing anesthetist, dialysis nurse or a nurse case manager. A certified nurse case manager monitors how a patient is progressing and evaluates care, sometimes suggesting other treatments. Nurse case managers advocate for patients but also try to make care more cost-effective for insurance providers.

Physician assistants

Physician assistants practice alongside physicians. Some of their duties include advising patients on preventative care, ordering and interpreting tests, recording a patient’s medical history, conducting exams and writing prescriptions. They are licensed to diagnose and treat medical conditions under the supervision of a licensed physician.

To start with, physician assistants need to earn a relevant bachelor’s degree, and then they typically pursue a two-year master’s physician assistant program. They also need experience in healthcare and various soft skills for working effectively with patients.

Respiratory therapists

Respiratory therapists are trained in pulmonary medicine and assist patients that have difficulty breathing using various therapeutic techniques. Their patients may suffer from bronchitis, asthma, emphysema, or sleep disorders. 

Some of them need emergency care after a heart attack. Some of their responsibilities may include examining patients, performing diagnostic tests and consulting with physicians. They may manage ventilators and artificial airway devices for patients who can’t breathe on their own.

Many employers are looking for respiratory therapists with a Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy (BSRT). Students also need hands-on training and practical experience under the supervision of a registered respiratory therapist.

Epidemiologists

The pandemic put epidemiologists in the spotlight like never before. An epidemiologist searches for the causes of a disease outbreak, identifies who is at risk and how to control its spread. 

From sounding the alarm to following the impact of new variants, epidemiologists have been playing a crucial role in the pandemic, sharing their data on online platforms, collaborating across time zones and borders and publishing journals at a faster rate. More than ever before, epidemiologists must ensure the highest research standards and data ethics.

Becoming an epidemiologist requires obtaining a bachelor’s degree in a related field, gaining work experience, completing a master’s degree and earning certifications. Epidemiologists often work for government organizations and need a strong interest in data analysis and scientific reasoning. 

Bob Dluzen
As a result of being a gardener for more than 40 years, 30 of those as a professional, Bob's gardening has become an integral part of his life. "It's the ever-changing seasons and the wide variety of plants and gardens that keeps me intrigued," he says. Bob lives and gardens in rural Monroe County.