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Registered Nurse:

Nurses are the unsung heroes in the healthcare field, providing and coordinating patient care, educating patients and the public on various health conditions, and providing advice and emotional support to patients and their families. Those who graduate from our accelerated nursing programs in Miami and Miramar will be prepared to fill this important role.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), registered nurse employment will continue to grow through 2031. This growth trend will occur for several factors, including an increased emphasis on preventative care; growing rates of chronic conditions, such as obesity and diabetes; and demand for healthcare services from the Baby Boomer population as they live longer and lead a more active lifestyle.

The largest employers for nurses will include hospitals, nursing/residential care facilities, as well as government and educational services at the state, local and private levels. According to BLS, the median pay for Registered Nurses is $77,600. 

Pharmacy Technician:

Employment of pharmacy technicians is projected to grow 5 percent from 2021 to 2031, faster than the average for all occupations. Several factors will lead to increased demand for prescription medications. The population is aging, and older people typically use more prescription medicines than younger people. Higher rates of chronic diseases such as diabetes among all age groups also will lead to increased demand for prescription medications. Advances in pharmaceutical research will allow for more prescription medications to be used to fight diseases. The number of individuals who have health insurance is expected to continue to increase because of federal health insurance reform. As more people have access to insurance coverage, more pharmacy technicians will be needed to handle their prescriptions. In addition, pharmacy technicians may be needed to take on a greater role in pharmacy operations because pharmacists are increasingly performing more patient care activities such as giving flu shots. Technicians will need to perform tasks such as collecting patient information, preparing more types of medications, and verifying the work of other technicians, tasks formerly done by pharmacists.

29-2052 Pharmacy Technicians –

Medical Assistant:

Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 16 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations. The growth of the aging baby-boom population will continue to increase the demand for preventive medical services, which are often provided by physicians. As their practices expand, physicians will hire more assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing the physicians to see more patients. An increasing number of group practices, clinics, and other healthcare facilities need support workers, particularly medical assistants, to complete both administrative and clinical duties. Medical assistants work mostly in primary care, a steadily growing sector of the healthcare industry. In addition, the number of individuals who have access to health insurance is expected to continue to increase because of federal health insurance reform, increasing patient access to medical care.

31-9092 Medical Assistants –

Patient Care Technician:

Employment of nursing assistants and orderlies is projected to grow 5 percent from 2021 to 2031. As the baby-boom population ages, many nursing assistants and orderlies will be needed to assist and care for elderly patients in long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes. Older people are more likely than younger people to experience dementia, as well as chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. More nursing assistants will be needed to care for patients with these conditions. Demand for nursing assistants may be constrained by the fact that many nursing homes rely on government funding. Cuts to programs, such as Medicare and Medicaid, may affect patients’ ability to pay for nursing home care. In addition, patient preferences and shifts in federal and state funding are increasing the demand for home and community-based long-term care, which should lead to increased opportunities for nursing assistants working in home health and community rehabilitation services.

31-2000: Patient Care Technician –

Nursing Assistant and Home Health Aide:

Employment of home health aides is projected to grow 25 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations. As the baby-boom population ages and the elderly population grows, the demand for home health aides to provide assistance will continue to increase. The older population often has health problems and will need help with daily activities. Elderly clients and people with disabilities are increasingly relying on home care as a less expensive alternative to nursing homes or hospitals. Clients who need help with everyday tasks and household chores, rather than medical care, can reduce their medical expenses by returning to their homes. Another factor that will likely lead to an increase in the demand for home care is that most clients prefer to be cared for in their homes, where they are most comfortable. Studies have found that home care is often more effective than care in a nursing home or hospital.

31-2000: Nursing Assistant/ Home Health Aide –

  Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Projections program.