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.

Career Overview

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:

  • Health information 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.
  • 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.

Important Facts About Three Emerging Careers

Health Informatics Specialists Holistic Nurses Gerontological Nurses
Work Environment Variety of settings, including hospitals, insurance companies, consulting firms, and more Hospital setting or private practice Hospitals, nursing homes, senior centers or patients' homes
Key Skills Analyzing data, coding records, maintaining confidentiality, computer skills Clinical nursing skills, self-care, healthy living, mindfulness Patient care, education, treatment planning, mental health
Professional certification Multiple certifications are offered by professional organizations Certification as a holistic nurse is available Certification as a gerontological nurse is available
Entry-Level Education Associate degree from accredited programs A diploma or associate degree A diploma or associate degree

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