Healthcare hiring may slow, but field still full of growth

While the latest analysis for employment in the healthcare industry in the United States have ominous predictions for the industry’s future, it remains one of the fields providing the most potential for growth.

In July, the healthcare industry only added 2,500 jobs, the lowest monthly total in the industry for an entire decade, according to US News and World Report. The news comes as 2013’s hiring has slowed 40 percent from 2012 and 20 percent from 2011 – current patterns imply 2013’s average may become the lowest since 1999.

These figures are troubling as healthcare accounts for upwards of 10 percent of all jobs in the United States. Their decline may be caused by the weak economy, rising costs and more efficient technology, according to experts.

However, there are still plenty of opportunities for growth in the field, according to Med City News. Seventeen of the nation’s 30 jobs that are most likely to grow through 2020 include some connection to healthcare or medicine, as an aging population and more complex medical devices are primed to hasten some fields’ job growth.