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