The Demand for these Healthcare Jobs is Increasing Most in Each State

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The aging U.S. population is rapidly increasing demand for many jobs in the health sector, which has become the fastest-growing part of the national economy. Although many medical jobs require advanced degrees—physicians, nurses, surgeons, etc.—the role growing fastest across most states is generally accessible to anyone with a high school diploma.

The job? Home health and personal care aides. The U.S. expects to add close to a million jobs in this profession over the next decade. These aides monitor and assist people with disabilities and chronic illnesses, including hospice. They often work in individuals’ homes, group homes, and day service programs. After Covid-19 devastated nursing homes, surveys have found fewer Americans are willing to live in them as they age. As a result, even more families may discover ways to use full-time or part-time in-home aides for end-of-life care.

An analysis including more than 70 other healthcare jobs projected all but three states to add the highest number of home health and personal care aides. In just three states—Colorado, Florida, and South Dakota—did registered nurse job growth outpace home health.

As a percentage of current jobs, roles seeing the most growth are slightly more varied. Most commonly, nurse practitioner jobs are growing the most among 40 of the 50 states and Washington, D.C. In Arizona, for instance, the volume of nurse practitioner jobs is expected to grow 100.8 percent over the decade—in other words, jobs will double. Massage therapist jobs are increasing fastest in six states, with the most significant change in New York at 75 percent growth. Medical assistants also experienced faster-than-average growth across many states.

These statistics provide insight into how jobs are changing relative to their current employment. However, they don’t shine as much light on which careers will offer the most job opportunities to future Americans.

To provide that insight to potential future healthcare workers across America, Medical Technology Schools identified the healthcare positions expected to add the most jobs in each state and Washington, D.C. from 2020 to 2030, using Bureau of Labor Statistics data compiled by Projections Central—the latest data available as of February 2024. States are listed alphabetically, and the top five healthcare positions (by the number of new jobs) are provided.

Top-growing Healthcare Occupations by State

State Fastest-growing healthcare occupations
(2020-2030)
Alabama

#1. Home Health and Personal Care Aides (+4,210 jobs)

#2. Registered Nurses (+4,170 jobs)

#3. Medical and Health Services Managers (+2,210 jobs)

#4. Nurse Practitioners (+2,180 jobs)

#5. Medical Assistants (+1,850 jobs)

The Future of American Healthcare Jobs

As America’s demographic landscape continues to evolve, the surging demand for healthcare professionals, particularly home health and personal care aides, underscores a significant shift in the nation’s healthcare delivery system. With an aging population preferring the comfort of their homes over traditional nursing facilities, these roles not only represent the fastest-growing sector in the healthcare industry but also highlight a broader trend towards more personalized, patient-centered care.

Whether you’re a new entrant to the workforce or contemplating a career change, the expanding healthcare sector presents a plethora of opportunities to make a meaningful impact on the lives of countless Americans. As we navigate the challenges and changes of the coming decade, the importance of these roles within our healthcare ecosystem will undoubtedly continue to grow, solidifying their status as not just jobs, but vital components of our national well-being.

Paxtyn Merten
Paxtyn Merten Writer

Paxtyn Merten is a senior data reporter for Stacker on the money desk. She is based in Seattle and previously worked for the Puget Sound Business Journal as a data reporter and beat reporter covering technology, transportation, and education.