Now Is a Great Time to Pursue a Health Sciences Degree

Now Is a Great Time to Pursue a Health Sciences Degree

The field of health care is booming. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, healthcare occupations are projected to grow 18 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than all other occupations and the U.S. Department of Labor reports an estimated 2.3 million new jobs will be created.  This includes not only health practitioners but also technical and health support/related occupations.

There are several major reasons for this significant growth in career opportunities. There is a growing emphasis on wellness and disease prevention across the country. People are living longer, and they want to live healthier. As a result, both the consumer population and the health professional population are aging. We are seeing a critical need for aging-related health services and a corresponding shortage of health professionals at all levels to meet this demand.

This is an exciting time to enter the health sciences field. There are many innovations and rapid research advances that are generating promising new interventions and challenging new careers. The health care industry needs talented health professionals like you to join this rapidly growing industry.

Anna Zendell
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Anna Zendell is a social worker by training. She is currently a Senior Faculty Program Director for the School of Health Sciences, overseeing the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and Master of Science in Health Sciences degree program. She also teaches regularly for the school. Her areas of interest are developing innovative teaching strategies for our adult learners, particularly working professionals, and supporting family caregivers of older adults and people with disabilities. She is active in her local community on issues of elder care and food insecurity. In her personal life, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, gardening, hiking and all things to do with nature.