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Health Care Jobs Are Where It’s At

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Posted on Jun 26, 2012
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The number of health care jobs will swell dramatically over the next decade as baby boomers age and Americans continue to eat poorly and spurn exercise, a report from Georgetown University says.

The positions in demand will include everything from doctors and nurses to dietitians and massage therapists.

Health care costs, too, will continue their steady rise, the report says.

—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly

Related: Listen to an interview with Tony Carnevale, the Director of the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University, on last week’s Truthdig Radio.

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... Healthcare costs will grow over the next decade and are projected to equal 20% of the GDP, or $6 trillion, by 2020.

To keep up with the ensuing demand for services, the number of healthcare workers would have to grow 30% by 2020, the report said.

By comparison, projected average growth in the number of all jobs in the U.S. over the same period is 17%, meaning healthcare jobs will grow at nearly twice the rate of all U.S. jobs.

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