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TOP 5 FIELD: HEALTH CARE

While many sectors of the economy are shrinking, health care is growing. And the industry is expected to expand dramatically during the next 20 years as boomers age and increase demand. The health care industry is likely to have 3.2 million new jobs between 2008 and 2018 – a 22 percent increase. And health care reform, with its emphasis on prevention and cost savings, may push those numbers even higher.

Bottom line:
It’s a good time to explore a career in health care and prevention.

If you’re looking for a career in health, you can learn the steps to take toward finding a health-related encore career, find helpful books and websites, and read about one person’s journey to an encore career in health in the Get Started Guide >

'EXPLOSION' OF HEALTH CARE JOBS

New legislation and growth in the medical sector will cause “an explosion of opportunities” for people seeking encore careers in health care, says Phyllis Segal, vice president of Encore.org, in The Washington Post. More >

Emerging Health Encores

In a new report sponsored by MetLife Foundation and Encore.org,
Partners in Care Foundation identifies six emerging jobs for
experienced workers, including community health workers
and chronic illness coaches.


ENCORES IN WELLNESS

Health promotion and illness prevention can also make a great encore career – as a lifestyle coach, physical trainer, yoga instructor and more. The YMCA of Greater Rochester is one employer that sees the value in hiring encore workers for such jobs.

HEALTH JOB TRAINING

Community colleges are great places to start when considering an encore career in health or wellness. For example, GateWay Community College in Arizona, Coastline Community College in California and Owensboro Community and Technical College in Kentucky are pioneers in moving experienced workers into encore careers in this field. More >

SEEING A HEALTH NEED AND FILLING IT

Purpose Prize winners Elizabeth and Stephen Alderman talk about how the heartbreaking loss of their son on 9/11 led them to tend to the mental health of victims of violence around the around. Watch

EMPLOYERS SEEK ENCORE HEALTH WORKERS

Employers are looking for experienced help, whether from workers with health backgrounds or from workers new to the field. Two such employers, Nursing Home Ombudsman Agency of the Bluegrass Inc. and Leesburg Regional Medical Center/The Villages Regional Hospital, explain why.

EARNING POWER OF DIFFERENT CAREERS

U.S. Bureau of Labor Wage Estimates

TOP 5 ENCORE JOB FIELDS

Learn more about how to find work in these fields.

  1. Education
  2. Health care
  3. Environment
  4. Government
  5. Nonprofit

HEALTH NAVIGATORS

Can you navigate the health care maze? You may be well suited for a job as health navigator. More >

HEALTH REFORM

The new law has significant potential to expand the number of encore career opportunities. More >

THERE WILL BE JOBS

Research projects there will be more jobs than people to fill them by 2018, including in health care. More >