In a recent news release, Louis Primavera, PhD, dean of Touro College School of Health Sciences, Bay Shore, New York, recently pointed out a growing demand for physical therapists, occupational therapists, and physician assistants. The release reports that the occupations are among the fastest-growing and highest-ranking occupations in the country. The occupations also reportedly exhibit unemployment rates that are far below the national average and without the requirement of med school; education for these occupations carries a lower cost and fewer burdens.
For the occupation of physical therapist, the release indicated a projected 40% growth in the next decade. It is also ranked the eighth best job by US News in 2012, ranked thirteenth most desirable job by the Wall Street Journal, and has 5.5% unemployment.
The profession of occupational therapist is projected to grow 30% in the next decade and is ranked the tenth best job by US News in 2012, the seventh most desirable job by the Wall Street Journal in 2012, and also exhibits a 5.5% unemployment rate.
Rounding out the surges in health care employment is the occupation of physician, which according to the release is projected to reach 30% growth in the next decade and exhibits a 2.6% unemployment rate.
Source: Louis Primavera, PhD, dean of Touro College School of Health Sciences, Bay Shore, New York