As one of the largest industries in 2008, healthcare provided 14.3 million jobs for wage and salary workers. Ten of the 20 fastest growing occupations are healthcare related.
A closely related field is the human services sector, providing social and mental health services to the public, as well as public safety. Those interested in this industry should have a strong desire to help others.
Healthcare will generate 3.2 million new wage and salary jobs between 2008 and 2018, more than any other industry, largely in response to rapid growth in the elderly population. Job opportunities are also favorable in human services.