Thinking about going into the growing field of healthcare? Concordia University Wisconsin offers programs in many of the top healthcare careers.

With so many of America’s largest generational cohort—the “baby boomers”—retiring every day, it’s no secret that the demand for qualified healthcare professionals has nowhere to go but up. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), healthcare is expected to add 1.9 million jobs between 2018 and 2028—more than any other occupational grouping.

The digital publishing company Sechel Ventures utilized BLS data to round up a list of the top 50 health careers of the moment. The list takes into consideration:

  • Career growth (Potential for employment)
  • Salary
  • Flexibility and return on investment

And guess what? Eight programs offered at Concordia University Wisconsin show up among the first 17 on the list—including six in the top 10 careers in healthcare. Take a look!

No. 1 on the list—Physical Therapist

Sechel Ventures says: “Physical therapy tops this health career list because it is a lucrative position with expected growth in the coming years. It also offers a relatively flexible and comfortable lifestyle. As of May 2021, the median annual wage for physical therapists was $95,620, and demand for these health professionals is expected to grow by 21 percent in the decade preceding 2030. Unlike some other health professionals, physical therapists can often make their hours, choose their clients, and are more likely to be self-employed.”

The Concordia degree: CUW offers a Doctorate of Physical Therapy program, as well as the requisite undergraduate program, our Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitative Science.

No. 3 on the list—Nurse Practitioner

Article says: “In many states, nurse practitioners are licensed to do much of what physicians can do. As the demand for healthcare services increases over the next decade, the demand for nurse practitioners is expected to increase by 45 percent (2020 to 2030). With a median salary of $120,680, this career is even more lucrative than physician assistants (or associates), particularly for in-demand specializations like adult care, gerontology, neonatal, pediatric, and more.”

The Concordia degree: We know what it’s like to want to use your talents to the very best of your abilities. That’s why, at Concordia, we offer an online Master of Science in Nursing for primary care providers in two areas—family nurse practitioner and adult-gerontology nurse practitioner

No. 4 on the list—Physician Assistant

Article says: “Not to be confused with medical assistants, physician assistants are highly trained health workers with advanced degrees who work closely with medical doctors to diagnose and treat illness. In May 2021, the median salary for a physician assistant in the US was $121,530, helping to make this challenging career one of the most lucrative in healthcare. The demand for physician assistants is expected to increase by 31 percent between 2020 and 2030.”

The Concordia degree: The Physician Assistant (PA) Program at CUW prepares students to become competent physician assistants who provide high quality health care in a respectful, culturally sensitive, caring and knowledgeable manner..

No. 6 on the list—Registered Nurse

Article says: “As of May 2020, there were over three million registered nurse jobs in the US and that number is expected to swell 9 percent through the year 2030. Nurses enjoy a median salary of $77,600 for their work providing and coordinating care and educating and supporting patients in their wellness journeys.”

The Concordia degree: CUW offers a variety of ways to complete your Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, including traditional, accelerated second degree BSN, or RN to BSN completion

No. 7 on the list—Occupational Therapist

Article says: “The BLS has noted that the demand for occupational therapists is expected to grow much faster than the average (8 percent) at 17 percent by the year 2030. This growth, coupled with a relatively high median salary of $85,570 (BLS May 2021) per year, makes this a highly desirable career pursuit. OTs typically have at least a master’s degree.”

The Concordia degrees: CUW offers a Doctorate of Occupational Therapy program, a Master of Occupational Therapy program, and the requisite undergraduate program, our Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitative Science.

No. 9 on the list—Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

Article says: Diagnostic medical sonographers work closely with physicians but do not require nearly as much training, which means a faster track to employment. Demand for diagnostic medical sonographers is expected to grow 19 percent through 2030, translating into ample opportunities for graduating students. Sonographers generally have at least an associate’s degree and certification. They earn a median annual salary of $77,740 (BLS May 2021) and work in hospitals, laboratories, or medical office settings.

The Concordia degree: Concordia’s Diagnostic Medical Stonographer program offers three distinct pathways to prepare you to step forward in your calling as a medical sonographer..

No. 15 on the list—Pharmacist

Article says: “While the need for pharmacists is expected to decrease between 2020 and 2030, the salary is much higher than most. The median income for this health career is $128,570, making it an attractive opportunity for students willing to pursue an advanced degree. Pharmacists are responsible for filling and dispensing medications, in addition to counseling patients on their use.”

The Concordia degree: Our AACP award-winning PharmD program equips difference-makers to lead lives of passionate purpose, service, and impact as proactive, caring pharmacists and people.

No. 17 on the list—Radiologic Technologist

Article says: “Diagnostic imaging techniques such as x-rays have been around for many years, and they’re still one of the most effective ways to diagnose tumors and cancers. Radiologic technologists are expected to be in high demand, with 18,300 (9 percent increase) expected positions added through 2030. Radiographers also earn a decent living at $61,370 yearly (median annual wage) with an associate’s degree.”

The Concordia degree: The Concordia University Wisconsin bachelor’s degree in Radiologic Technology is a Two plus Two offering, in which you spend the first two years on the Concordia campus taking prerequisite classes before applying for placement into one of our JRCERT accredited partner Radiologic Technology (RT) programs.

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