This is actually a slight improvement, increasing in the charts 5 places from 2014‘s ranking of #178. While it’s always nice to have something stable, this isn’t necessarily what we want to see. While we are still ranked higher than the all-time low rank of #195 in 2011, we remain below the all-time high rank of #96 in 2013.
What is more concerning, in my opinion, is the CareerCast.com review of the Best Healthcare Jobs of 2015. Here is this shorter list in their order and I included their ranking in the 200 Jobs report:
- Audiologist – #2
- Biomedical Engineer – #5
- Dental Hygenist – #7
- Dietitian – #12
- Optometrist – #16
- Physical Therapist – #17
- Medical Records Technician – #19
- Chiropractor – #26
- Pharmacist – #27
- Medical Technologist – #28
Does anyone else notice something from that list of the Best Healthcare Jobs???
Maybe… oh, I don’t know… Physician (#83)
… what about being the Physician’s Assistant (#89)…
… or maybe even Nurse (#106)…
The part that troubles me about this is the fact that many people use being an EMT and/or Paramedic as the gateway to becoming a Nurse, Physician’s Assistant, or even a Physician. If those jobs are not as well ranking as before, are we about to see the start of a shortage of EMTs and Paramedics? Or does this mean that we will just start to branch off into other areas of healthcare where our critical thinking skills, patient assessment, and understanding of anatomy and physiology will not be nearly as important as it is today?
If you want a further understanding of the report and how CareerCast.com drew their conclusions, here is their methodology in compiling the data for 2015.
Feel free to share your opinions and outlook in the comments…