Making a living in health care

Overall employment in healthcare occupations is projected to grow 13 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations

Update September 19, 2022

I wrote this post several years ago in my early blogging days. I’ve updated it with recent statistics and added a link to a more recent article about healthcare workers. Thanks for visiting. 

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Healthcare job statistics

According to the Bureau of Labor statistics (U.S. Department of Labor)

  • Overall employment in healthcare occupations is projected to grow 13 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations;
  • expected to result in about 2 million new jobs over the decade.
  • About 1.9 million openings each year, on average, are projected to come from growth and replacement needs.

The median annual wage for healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (such as registered nurses, physicians and surgeons, and dental hygienists) was $75,040 in May 2021, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $45,760;

healthcare support occupations (such as home health and personal care aides, occupational therapy assistants, and medical transcriptionists) had a median annual wage of $29,880 in May 2021, which was lower than the median annual wage for all occupations.

the original 2015 post

Previously I wrote about physician salaries after Medscape magazine reported the annual physician salary survey.  In it I explained  how doctors are paid and  where other  health care dollars  go. It became one of my most viewed posts.

 Physician jobs

Physicians are paid differently, like other professions.  Some physicians are employed by a corporate entity such as a hospital, others are self-employed, that is they own the practice. While some physicians  have a set annual salary, or hourly rate, other physician income is  based on how many patients they treat-office visits, surgeries, procedures, xray or lab consultations (which can be remote, so called telemedicine). Sometimes it might be a blend of the two.

non-physician clinical health professions

There are numerous non-physician clinical health professions-nursing, pharmacy, physical and occupational therapy, chiropractic, dentistry, optometry, audiology, dieticians, nutritionists,to name a few.

Support staff

Besides physicians are the support positions, those people in a hospital or clinic who don’t have medical training but whose work enables the rest of us to do our jobs.

These include maintenance, laundry, housekeeping, food services, security, transportation.

Technicology, administration, and finance

Nor does it include IT (information technology)  professionals; the use of  medical computer devices and  applications, called medical informatics, is now  a specialized profession.There are receptionists, customer service reps,human resources, billing and coding.

Other  occupations  directly or indirectly contribute to health care.

laboratory
Laboratory testing is vital to providing health care.
MRI machine
Diagnostic imaging- CAT, MRI and PET scanning have increased our ability to see inside the human body compared to plain x ray.

 

exploring the HEART of healthcare

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Medical stethoscope and heart on a textured background

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Exploring the Santo Nino de Atocha Chapel

Santo Nino de Atocha, the manifestation of Jesus as a child, is the patron of travelers, miners, the imprisoned and “los desamparados” (the abandoned). Santo Nino is said to wander the night on foot looking for people most in need of his help.

 

While on a visit to northeastern New Mexico, my husband and I discovered Chimayo, a little town, home to this historic church, Santo Nino de Atocha Chapel, with some fascinating history. Nearby are Santa Fe, Taos, and Angel Fire.

 

 

Santo Nino de Atocha chapel

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The chapel of Santo Nino de Atocha was built in 1856 by the Medina family after Severiano Medina made a pilgrimage to Fresnillo, Mexico in fulfillment of a promise that he made to God.

children's chapel in New Mexico
Santo Nino de Atocha chapel- Holy Child of Atocha chapel Chimayo, New Mexico

Santo Nino de Atocha, the manifestation of Jesus as a child, is the patron of travelers, miners, the imprisoned and “los desamparados” (the abandoned). Santo Nino is said to wander the night on foot looking for people most in need of his help.

Men of northern New Mexico, stationed in the Phillipines at the outbreak of WWII, prayed to Santo Nino during the Siege of Corregidor and the subsequent Bataan Death March. In the late 1940’s the survivors of the Death March and their families began the first Holy Week pilgrimage to Chimayo and the shrine of Santo Nino (which was housed, at that time, at el Santuario de Chimayo).

Santo Nino de Atocha Chapel was acquired by the Archdiocese of Santa Fe in 1992 and has been recently renovated as a modern Children’s Chapel. Inside a small room adjoining the main chapel is a large bulto of Santo Nino made by the well-known santero, Felix Lopez. Filling the shelves are hundreds of pairs of children’s shoes and other offerings left for Santo Nino, who is in constant need of new shoes because of his long journeys on foot.

It is said to be the largest chapel in the world dedicated to children.

via Santo Nino de Atocha Chapel – Four Corners Region Geotourism Mapguide.

exploring the HEART of health

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a world globe with two crossed bandaids

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also in New Mexico-the Taos Pueblo

The art and science of New Mexico

Taos is an art mecca both within the town and at the Taos Pueblo, which is also a must see for those interested in  Native American history and culture. At the pueblo, tribe members display and sell handmade arts and crafts.

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