By the end of March, employment within the healthcare industry increased by about 37,000, continuing a trend of increases that has been happening for the past 12 months, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Adding the increases of the past year has yielded the industry with 503,000 new jobs created.
Employment within ambulatory healthcare services grew more aggressively in March, accounting for 27,000 of the new jobs, with hospital positions making up the remaining 10,000. Making up almost 9 percent of all employment in the United States, healthcare industry occupations numbered upwards of 12 million in May of 2015, as reported again by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The largest occupation within the healthcare field are Registered Nurses (RNs), making up 2.7 million of the total, with Nursing Assistants coming in a distant second at 1.4 million jobs. Other occupations include Home Health Aides at 820,250 positions.
Some healthcare industry occupations were also among the highest-paid anywhere. Physician positions, Dentists, and Nurse Anesthetists, having an average wage of $160, 250; podiatrists coming in at $136,180 and Pharmacists slightly lower at $119,270.