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Career Highlight – Healthcare Support Occupations

Nationally, Healthcare support occupations are expected to be the fastest growing occupational group through 2020. Home health aides account for the largest portion of jobs in this group, with 31 percent of the total by 2020.

The table below reflects a sampling of occupations that are projected to grow as fast as, or faster than average over 2010-2020. You can check this information, look at additional occupations, and find schools that offer related programs via UtahFutures.

Occupation

U S Employment 2010

Growth-Numeric

Growth-Percent

Annual Median Wage

Nat’l/Utah

Education

Dental Assistant      297,200       91,600       31% $33,470/$28,330

Certificate

Home Health Aide   1,017,700     706,300       69% $20,560/$19,770

< High School

Massage Therapist     153,700       30,900       20% $34,900/$30,960

Certificate

Medical Assistant     527,600     162,900       31% $28,860/$27,250

HS Diploma

Medical Transcriptionist       95,100         5,600         6% $32,900/$28,920

Certificate

Nursing Aide, Orderly, Attendant   1,505,300     302,000       20% $24,010/$22,320

Certificate

Occupational Therapy Assistant/Aide       36,000       14,800       41% $47,490/$37,050

Varies

Physical Therapist Assistant/Aide     114,400       51,100       45% $37,710/$30,785

Varies

Sources: U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (national), Utah Department of Workforce Services (state)

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