Industry Spotlight: Growth in Healthcare Education
By Rachel Seitz
The first schools we’ll cover in our Climb Industry Spotlight Series are those in the healthcare field. With around 2,600 schools around the US offering training programs in subjects such as Registered Nursing, Surgical Technician, Physical Therapist Assistant, this is one of the fastest-growing sectors in the economy. Average enrollment in these programs is around 1,300, and there are dozens of schools with over 10,000 students. For careers in the healthcare industry itself, 235,000 jobs were added in the first half of 2016, and 11 of the 20 projected fastest-growing occupations are in this sector. Additionally, the healthcare industry is projected to see a 20% increase in job growth over the next decade!1
Projected Growth in the Healthcare Industry
Two career tracks in particular that we partner with—Vocational/Practical Nursing and Registered Nursing—have entry level salaries ranging from around $35,000–40,000 and $50,000–60,000, respectively.2 And the educational programs themselves draw from individuals with high school diplomas to mid-career students with previous degrees. Typically, students find post-program jobs that are tied to the subject matter directly, with employment at clinics, hospitals, or private medical offices. Climb’s partner schools in this sector currently include:
Medical Lab Assistant
Medical Billing and Coding
Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Administrative Medical Assistant
Nurse Assistant and Home Health Aide
Professional Medical Technician
Intro to Intraoperative Monitoring
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology
Family Nurse Practitioner
Basic Phlebotomy & EKG
Home Health Aide
Medical Business Administration
At Climb, we believe it’s important that not only is each industry generally benefitting employees, but also that each individual program we partner with (from Phlebotomy/EKG Physician to Medical Assistant) is adequately facilitating this positive growth and creating opportunities for students. We evaluate our partner schools to determine that they’re providing the training and resources their students need to succeed.
The schools that we’ve partnered with in this field have passed our in-depth ROI evaluation, and have shown that they offer strong graduation rates and career placement results to their students—after all, everyone benefits when more caring and qualified people are able to enter the medical field after receiving a good education.
It’s always exciting to find new schools whose passion for the subject and care for the students shine through in their work, so we can’t wait to continue the growth in this field. If you know of a great healthcare school we should partner with, we would love to hear about it. Don’t hesitate to reach out and let us know!
1Source: 2015 AMN Survey of Registered Nurses; American Association of College of Nursing Special Survey on Vacant Faculty Positions for Academic Year 2014–2015
2Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics; US Census Bureau