A noticeable pattern has developed in the health care industry.
Workers keep getting hired.
Health care providers added 24,000 new jobs in October 2010, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, while averaging an increase of 20,000 jobs per month over the past year.
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Health care's hot track record for hiring isn't a recent occurrence. It's actually part of a much more long-term trend, says John Canally, an economist and investment strategist at Boston-based LPL Financial.
"Health care added 700,000 jobs from December 2007, when the recession started, to October 2010," says Canally. "No other job sector did that."
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Job #1: Medical Assistant
Medical assistants with administrative expertise help keep doctor's offices and clinics running smoothly. Those with clinical backgrounds do everything from taking vital signs to sterilizing medical instruments.
Why it's hot: Americans are living longer and healthier lives than ever before. That means more patients and more job opportunities for medical assistants. In fact, the profession is projected to add nearly 164,000 medical assisting jobs between 2008 and 2018, according to the BLS.
How to start: You can earn a certificate or diploma in medical assisting in about one year. Another option is to earn a two-year associate's degree in medical assisting.
What it pays: Medical assistants have an average salary of $29,450.*
Job #2: Dental Assistant
Dental assisting is a profession tailor-made for friendly people with a knack for putting others at ease. During procedures, they work alongside dentists to handle equipment and assist with vital tasks.
Why it's hot: What's not to smile about in this career? Job opportunities are flourishing, partly due to a greater emphasis on preventative dental care. Over 100,000 new dental assisting jobs are expected to be created through 2018. How to start: Go after a one-year certificate or diploma in dental assisting or set your sights on a two-year associate's degree in dental assisting.
What it pays: Dental assistant earnings average at about $34,000 per year.
Job #3: Pharmacy Technician
Pharmacy technicians provide a helping hand to licensed pharmacists by preparing medications, counting tablets, labeling bottles, and providing customer service.
Why it's hot: Over 93,000 new pharmacy techs are expected to receive jobs between 2008 and 2018. This growth is due in part to the fact that our elderly population - who may have more prescriptions - is increasing.
How to start: You can earn a certificate in pharmacy technology in about six months or get an associate's degree in pharmacy technology in about two years.
What it pays: The average annual salary for a pharmacy technician is $28,940.
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