Information for: Career Seekers
AHEC efforts target adults who are seeking a new career, whose jobs have been eliminated, or who need new skills to keep pace with advancing technologies. Programs for retraining—plus assistance to overcome obstacles such as child care or transportation—direct people with good work skills into rewarding new careers in health care.

Economic Effect of Health Care Employment

AHECs are positioned as effective liaisons and facilitators to build partnerships between the health workforce supply side (secondary and post-secondary schools) and demand side (health care employers and communities). AHEC’s goal is to train health care workers who live in underserved communities. They have insight to improve the health of New Yorkers while also contributing to the economic health of the State.

New York State AHEC System Recruitment programs increase the number of students from under-represented and disadvantaged backgrounds who enter health careers. Research shows these students are more likely to choose primary care and practice in their community of origin or similar communities.

Health care employment has a strong economic multiplier effect on job creation and maintenance in local economies. Health care job opportunities continue to grow faster than any other employment sector.

Fastest Growing Occupations  (health careers in bold)
Rank Job Title Employment Numbers
(in thousands)
Education/Training Needed
2010 2020
1 Personal Care Aides 861.0 1,468.0 Short-term on-the-job training
2 Home Health Aides 1,017.7 1,723.9 Short-term on-the-job training
3 Biomedical Engineers 15.7 25.4 Bachelor's degree
4 Helpers--Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, and Tile and Marble Setters 29.4 47.0 Short-term on-the-job training
5 Helpers--Carpenters 46.5 72.4 Short-term on-the-job training
6 Veterinary Technologists and Technicians 80.2 121.9 Associate's degree
7 Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers 19.1 28.4 Apprenticeship
8 Physical Therapist Assistants 67.4 98.2 Associate's degree
9 Helpers--Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 57.9 84.2 Short-term on-the-job training
10 Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners 71.6 102.9 Bachelor's degree
11 Diagnostic Medical Sonographers 53.7 77.1 Associate's degree
12 Occupational Therapy Assistants 28.5 40.8 Associate's degree
13 Physical Therapist Aides 47.0 67.3 Moderate-term on-the-job training
14 Glaziers 41.9 59.6 Apprenticeship
15 Interpreters and Translators 58.4 83.1 Bachelor's degree
16 Medical Secretaries 508.7 718.9 Moderate-term on-the-job training
17 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 282.7 399.3 Bachelor's degree
18 Marriage and Family Therapists 36.0 50.8 Master's degree
19 Brickmasons and Blockmasons 89.2 125.3 Apprenticeship
20 Physical Therapists 198.6 276.0 Doctoral or professional degree
Source: Employment Projections Program, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

In keeping with the key strategies for recruiting and retaining health professionals to practice in underserved communities, the New York State AHEC System will encourage local individuals to pursue careers in health care. To aid with this we have listed helpful links to a variety of web sites that offer programs for the development of health professionals and aid them in making a decision to pursue a health career.

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