What Are Some Emerging Careers in Healthcare?

Some emerging careers in healthcare are new specialties, some of which creatively combine two or more fields of expertise into one career. Such is the case when healthcare and computer science combine to form the field of health informatics. Read below for some examples of emerging careers in healthcare. Schools offering Allied Health degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS, www.bls.gov) defines an emerging career as an occupation that currently has small numbers but that is expected to grow much larger in the future; many healthcare careers fall into this category. The following healthcare careers are some cutting-edge occupational options available now that will rapidly grow in the future:

  • Wellness coaches go beyond personal trainers to focus not just on exercise, but the entire concept of wellness. They help their clients eat more nutritiously, stop smoking, limit alcohol, and manage stress.
  • Patient advocates help patients navigate through the healthcare system. For instance, they may help make sure a patient's insurance company correctly processes and pays claims. Patient advocates may be consultants hired directly by patients or they may be employees of hospitals and insurance companies.
  • Health informatics specialists help develop expert systems that nurses and doctors use to make diagnoses and determine the best treatments. Health informatics combines healthcare, computer science, and information systems.
  • Fitness nurses work with patients recovering from surgery or dealing with illness to help restore strength through nutrition and exercise.
  • Holistic nurses, who may work in hospitals, doctors' offices, or wellness centers, help patients achieve health and wellness through holistic healing methods such as nutrition, herbs, meditation, yoga, and Reiki.
  • Gerontological nurses work in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and patients' homes. These healthcare practitioners focus on taking care of the elderly, one of the fastest growing segments of our population.

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