The Future of the Health Care Industry: The Aging Baby-Boom Generation

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Daymar College

health care industryRecently, Healthline News published an article titled “Baby Boomers Changing the Healthcare Landscape.”1 Baby Boomers are the recipients and creators of major health care industry breakthroughs. And as they age, this group of nearly 75 million men and women will be seeking out treatments and medication. 

The enormous opportunity this creates is why you should consider a degree that could lead to a pharmacy technician job or other employment in the health care industry. 

What Baby Boomers Want for Their Health 

The Trust for America’s Health noted recently that 62 percent of Americans between the ages of 50 and 64 have at least one chronic condition because of obesity.1 And “as patients live with multiple chronic diseases, demand for services will increase,” stated a press release from the American Hospital Association. “By 2020, Boomers will account for four in 10 office visits to physicians. Over the next 20 years, Boomers will make up a greater proportion of hospitalizations as they live longer but with multiple complex conditions.” 

Not only are Baby Boomers turning to more prescription drugs, according to the Healthline article, state-of-the-art senior emergency care units, like the new one at UC San Diego Health, are becoming more popular as the Baby Boom generation ages. “Largely answering to the fact more than 10,000 baby boomers in the United States turn 65 years of age each day, the new emergency department will focus on geriatric medicine, acute care screening, urgent care, case management, and social and psychiatric care,” the article stated.1 

What this Means for the Future of the Health Care Industry

According to the American Association for Pharmaceutical Scientists, about 70 percent of prescriptions go to patients 65 years of age and older. 

This means the pharmacy technician job outlook is growing as the demand for prescription drugs increases.

“Today, the generation that preached ‘don’t trust anyone over 30’ is heeding Dylan Thomas’ call to ‘not go gentle into that good night.’ They’re stubbornly raging against the dying of the light as they set out to prove they aren’t done just yet. As a result, this generation is having a profound influence on healthcare in the United States with a unique set of demands and challenges,” the Healthline article stated.1

The hard workers employed by the health care industry will be there to help the aging Baby Boomer population in their fight to stay healthy as they get older. 

The Future of Health Care Jobs

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of health care occupations is projected to grow by 19 percent between 2014 and 2024, which is faster than average. Over 2.3 million new health care jobs will be created in that time period. 

Start your Training at Daymar College

According to the Bureau of Labor, the job outlook within the health care industry is in good shape, so don’t waste any time getting your future pharmacy technician job or another health care career started. 

With our Pharmacy Technology diploma program, Pharmacy Technology Associate of Science Degree Program and Health Care Administration—Pharmacy Technology Bachelor of Science Degree Program, you have a variety of degree programs to choose from in the field of pharmacy. 

The Baby Boomers will not only be relying on pharmacy technicians to meet their health care needs, though. There are many important roles in the health care industry, so you have a variety of positions to choose from when it comes to your future career in this booming industry.

The following programs at Dayma College can help you find the right fit for a career in the health care industry:

Billing and Coding Specialist: Students earning this degree will typically find jobs managing health records in the health care industry. This could be in a hospital or medical office setting.
Cardiographic Technology: Students earning this degree will typically find jobs working with cardiologists to prepare and assist with diagnostic testing. This could be in a hospital or cardiology office. 
Health Care Administration: Students earning this degree should be prepared for employment in health care-related careers, such as clinical director, health care administrator, nursing and residential care administrator, and patient care administrator. 
Medical Assisting: Students earning this degree will typically find jobs helping physicians in doctor’s offices, hospitals, home health agencies and other allied health organizations. 
Nursing: Students earning this degree will typically find work in hospitals, physicians’ offices, nursing and residential facilities, and home health care centers. 

Contact us if you have any questions about our scholarships and financial aid opportunities. 

Program offerings vary depending on location.

 

1http://www.healthline.com/health-news/baby-boomers-changing-healthcare-l...

2http://www.bls.gov/ppi/pharmpricescomparison.pdf