Whether you're in the process of transitioning or recently left the military, successfully integrating into the civilian world includes securing a stable job. After years in the military, your first instinct might be to take a load off, but the safest thing to do is to research and plan your next career move. Not everyone has a firm idea of how they'd like to make a living, and that's not a problem. If the follow your heart method doesn't inspire you, think about practicality. It may not be glamorous, but researching jobs that provide good salaries and enjoy high growth is an excellent first step.
If you're thinking in pragmatic terms, one industry that's been making waves recently is healthcare. According to Modern Healthcare, the healthcare industry experienced a hiring boom in the last quarter of 2014 and there aren't any signs of it slowing down. During that time alone, 36,000 new jobs were created.
Although the industry experiences some fluctuation, job growth has been steadily inclining. In 2014, there were roughly 14.9 million healthcare workers. In other words, healthcare professionals composed about one out of 10 jobs in the U.S.
Many sources claim that the upswing in healthcare jobs is due to an aging baby boomer population, but Modern Healthcare suggests a few other, more nuanced influences. Health spending took a hit during the recession, and while it slowly recovered, only somewhat recently has it gained serious momentum. The influx of revenue allows various organizations to hire more healthcare workers. Although one expert argued that fewer uninsured Americans contributed, an employment analysis through Altarum concluded that there was no clearly identifiable correlation between expanded Medicaid and increased healthcare job growth.
Despite nationwide influences on growth, local factors play a big part. Conditions such as minimal population change create regions that see little economic growth. Conversely, areas with an influx of new industries tend to see noticeable economic growth which benefits the healthcare industry. North Dakota is currently experiencing an oil boom which is responsible for a minor labor shortage. Because many workers are shifting over to the oil industry, industries like healthcare are in need of entry-level employees.
In some regions, the need for new workers is grave enough for companies and organizations to take unconventional steps. Sanford Health, the largest rural non-profit healthcare system in the U.S., has experienced a simultaneous drain on local talent and rise in healthcare demands. To counteract the problems, Sanford Health is encouraging current employees to take more shifts and contact health care systems nationwide who have recently endured rounds of layoffs.
Other factors contributing to growth include an increased need in ambulatory care, nursing home, and residential care. These sectors contributed over 230,300 jobs in 2014.