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List of 2013 fastest growing health care jobs released

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Wednesday, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released information about the fastest growing jobs in health care and CareerCast.com has created a list of the 12 fastest growing jobs in health care in the United States.

Some parts of the Affordable Health Care Act will come into effect in January 2014 and with more people being insured, the needs and demands in health care are changing, according to Tony Lee from CareerCast.com.

Nursing has consistently been in the top 10 for the fastest growing health care careers over the last few decades, but they don’t show up on this latest list of the fastest growing jobs in health care. The list also looks at the percentage of growth expected over the next decade in that industry. Demands also change depending on the region and cost of living in certain areas.

Here is the list of the fastest growing jobs in health care according to CareerCast.com:

Biomedical engineer

BLS Projected Growth: 62 percent

Annual Median Salary $86,960

Dental Hygienist

BLS Projected Growth: 38 percent

Annual Median Salary: $70,210

Occupational therapist

BLS Projected Growth: 33 percent

Annual Median Salary: $75,400

Optometrist

BLS Projected Growth: 33 percent

Annual Median Salary: $97,820

Physical therapist

BLS Projected Growth: 39 percent

Annual Median Salary: $79,860

Chiropractor

BLS Projected Growth: 28 percent

Annual Median Salary: $66,160

Speech pathologist

BLS Projected Growth: 23 percent

Annual Median Salary: $69,870

Pharmacist

BLS Projected Growth: 25 percent

Annual Median Salary: $116,670

Podiatrist

BLS Projected Growth: 20 percent

Annual Median Salary: $116,440

Respiratory therapist

BLS Projected Growth: 28 percent

Annual Median Salary: $55,870

Medical records technician

BLS Projected Growth: 21 percent

Annual Median Salary: $34,610

Physician assistant

BLS Projected Growth: 30 percent

Annual Median Salary: $90,930

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