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GIJOBS.COM | JULY 2018 | G.I. JOBS 23 HEALTH CARE HOT INDUSTRY T here are 25 Military Friendly ® Employers from the class of 2018 operating in health care services or pharmaceuticals. That means one of every 10 Military Friendly ® Employers is categorized in this industry. That's reason enough to consider pursuing a career path in health care. But there are plenty of other reasons to get into the hottest industry in the U.S. Job security, for one. Six of the top 10 fastest-growing industries listed by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) are in health care, as well as five of the 10 fastest- growing occupations. An estimated 2.4 million new jobs will be added by 2026, the BLS predicts, which translates to job security and the ability to choose the region where you want to work and live. Pay is another reason. The median annual wage for health care practitioners and technical occupations such as registered nurses, physicians and surgeons, and dental hygienists was $64,770 in May 2017. Given the aging population, the high demand for health care professionals is unlikely to change any time soon. By 2030, all baby boomers will be older than age 65, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. "The aging of baby boomers means that within just a couple decades, older people are projected to outnumber children for the first time in U.S. history," said Jonathan Vespa, a demographer with the U.S. Census Bureau. "By 2035, there will be 78 million people 65 years and older compared to 76.4 million under the age of 18." Hot Jobs in Health Care What They Do: Registered nurses provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their families. Median Annual Salary: $68,450 Job Outlook: 15% growth through 2026 Education/Training: Diploma or bachelor's degree; must be licensed Occupation Snapshot: RN Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 1 Registered Nurse 2 Medical & Health Services Manager 3 Nurse Practitioner 4 Biomedical Technician 5 Customer Service Representative 6 Accountant/Auditor 7 Operations Manager 8 Computer Information System Manager 9 Medical Assistant 10 Medical & Nursing Secretary 4 The Hot Jobs list was determined by the 2018 Military Friendly ® Employers operating in this industry.

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