An aging population in western Pennsylvania is increasing demand for workers in the Healthcare industry. Not all healthcare workers need bachelor’s degrees, and those with direct training and licensure are needed for practitioner roles. Openings for these medical-related jobs also include those transformed or created by new technologies, like nurses with IT and data analysis skills. Increased management skills are in demand along with customer service skills when it comes to building relationships with healthcare patients.

Employment of fitness trainers is projected to increase by 39% over the next ten years. We visit Fit 4 Boxing Club to learn more about this career.

Direct Support Care addresses the needs of individuals with intellectual disabilities, autism, and behavioral health needs, while promoting independence.

Visit UPMC Centers for Rehab Services to learn how physical therapists help ease pain and improve movement through exercise and education.

Follow a registered nurse through her typical day at West Penn Hospital to learn the ins and outs of this career.

We hear from a prenatal nurse at West Penn Hospital who works in the Pediatric Unit, where they care for mostly infant babies.

The following careers require less than a Bachelor's Degree and are projected to see the highest percentage of job growth through 2025 in the Pittsburgh Region:

Physical therapy assistants, 31 percent. Occupational therapy assistants, 30 percent.

Emergency medical techs, paramedics and secretaries, 16 percent. Nurses, 15 percent.

Career outlook for Registered Nurses in the Pittsburgh Area

Annual Median Wage: $65,380
Total Employment (as of 2017): 31,260
Projected Annual Openings through 2025: 1,705

Registered Nurses assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. Administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients. Licensing or registration required.

Diagnostic medical sonographers, 21 percent. Cardiovascular techs, 19 percent.

More jobs in Healthcare:

  • medical records technicians
  • dental hygienists
  • home health aides
  • physical and occupational therapist assistants
  • clinical analysts
  • medical transcriptionists
  • phlebotomists