Four Careers in the Health Care Industry

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Four careers in the health care industry

According to a Georgetown University study the demand for health care workers will grow twice as fast as the national economy from 2010 to 2020, adding 5.6 million new health care jobs.

These careers in health care are growing:

Medical Assistant

Medical assistants help physicians with patient care, so it's no wonder it's such a booming career. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 162,900 new medical assistant positions are projected to be added between 2010 and 2020.

Medical assistants measure vital signs, schedule patient appointments, and assist the physician wherever necessary, the department says. Responsibilities will vary by practice. Demand for medical assistants is booming, with the number of these jobs projected to increase by 22 percent -- roughly 68,000 new openings -- from 2010 to 2020, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Education: While most states have no formal educational requirements for medical assistants, the department notes that most medical assistants have at least a high school diploma, and some graduate from a college. Employers prefer some type of preparation, adds the department.

Medical and Health Services Managers

According to the department, medical and health services managers manage finances of the facility, create work schedules, and keep up-to-date on new laws and regulations. They might even manage a specific clinical area or department, a medical practice for a physicians' group, or an entire facility.

Education: Individuals can advance into medical and health services manager positions from medical insurance coding and billing, medical assisting, registered nursing or with a bachelor's or master's degree in business. …