shortage of professions

Posted : May 3, 2007
Last Updated : July 29, 2013

shortage of professions

For those of you who are still undecided about the career path you want to choose or for those of you who are interested in changing majors/careers, you may want to consider careers that are in high demand due to a shortage of trained employees. Two of the main professions that are currently experiencing a shortage include: health care professions and education professions.

Health Care Professions
Health care professions are jobs that maintain the health and condition of the human body. Many communities do not have enough health care professionals to keep their residents healthy. Some people have no health care services whatsoever. That's why careers in health care are in such high demand right now and will continue to be in high demand in the future. Currently, some of the most in-demand health care professions include:

  • Home Health Aides
  • Medical Assistants
  • Physician Assistants
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Dental Assistants
  • Personal and Home Care Aides
  • Physical Therapists 
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Cardiovascular Technicians
  • Registered Nurses

Because there is such a shortage, many programs exist to promote health care careers and help fund the training required for the careers. For example, students who are willing to commit to working in rural or inner city health care may benefit from programs offering tuition, tuition with living expenses, or loan repayment. Many hospitals that are short-staffed also offer tuition assistance programs. Visit the Bureau of Health Professions website for more information about student assistance programs regarding health care professions.

Education Professions
According to Education Corner, job growth for teachers in the U.S. is projected to increase by 12 percent (or just over 479,000 new jobs) until the year 2016. The education shortage is most severe in urban and rural schools and for subject areas in special education, math, and science. Careers in education can include:

  • Education Administrators
  • Preschool Teachers
  • Elementary School Teachers
  • Middle School Teachers
  • High School Teachers
  • Postsecondary Professors
  • Special Education Teachers
  • School Counselors
  • Teacher Assistants and Aides

As with health care professions, there are many programs that promote and help fund training for careers in education. For instance, students who are willing to commit to teaching at eligible, low-income schools or teaching certain subjects (among other requirements) may receive loan forgiveness.

The United States Armed Services offers many student funding opportunities for those interested in careers in health care and education. Many grants, scholarships, and loans are also available to help health care and education students finance their schooling. For more information about special funding programs for these majors, contact your school's financial aid office.

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