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4 Reasons Healthcare Will Continue To Be A Lucrative Career
Healthcare has always been a field that has offered stability and high wages. However, today the trend toward more intensive healthcare services throughout life has made these positions more desirable than ever. With technology and the ever-changing field of healthcare, new positions in healthcare are also being created to help patients manage their medical conditions, utilize new technologies, and contain costs. Despite the tendency for certain medical fields to be a male-dominated, women going into all fields of healthcare will still enjoy opportunities for a lucrative career.

Future Finance for Women: 4 Reasons Healthcare Will Continue To Be A Lucrative Career

1. An Aging Population

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 20 percent of the population will be over the age of 65 by the year 2030, up significantly from 2010 when this age group was 13 percent of the population. While increasing lifespan is great news, it also means that it will impact healthcare. These individuals will require increased medical services for conditions that are a result of normal aging. The future needs a variety of different types of medical personnel to ensure that these patients receive the services needed to sustain their health.

2. Trend Toward Increasing Healthcare Accessibility

In previous years, access to health insurance coverage was limited because of pre-existing restrictions, price, and other considerations. However, the current trend in government policy is toward expanding healthcare access to all citizens in the United States, regarding of their current health problems or ability to pay. These measures will result in an increasing patient base, with a variety of healthcare needs. There’s also significant work being made to make treatment and prescriptions more accessible. In fact, generic drugs now make up 89% of prescriptions.The future needs physician assistants, nurses at a number of levels of training, physical therapists, laboratory technicians and other personnel to work at many types of medical facilities to provide adequate care for a growing population.
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3. Growing Reliance on New Medical Technologies

The medical device industry continues to develop new technologies that help monitor patient conditions and deliver services to patients that would otherwise be unable to live normal lives. These individuals often require ongoing care to maintain health. This reliance on sophisticated technology will require nurses with advanced training. Continued education will help ensure that these skilled nurses are available.

4. Wider Access To Health Information

The Internet has made access to a wealth of information on diet, exercise and health maintenance more available to a wide audience of healthcare consumers. These individuals often seek out in-depth articles on new medications and technologies that are currently available to improve the management of medical conditions and enhance the quality of life. These patients will tend to use more health services and will increase the demand for a variety of healthcare professionals.
Demographic trends in the United States signal an increased need for healthcare personnel in a variety of specialties. If you have an interest in helping people and feel the healthcare field offers the challenges you need, you’re in for a lot of opportunities for a lucrative salary in a variety of healthcare work environments.

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