2017 Trends to Watch

REHAB INSIDER • January 2017 Vol.1 No.1

2017 10 cover story Trends to Watch JANUARY 2017  |  REHAB INSIDER Where Will the Jobs Be? While job security can be a worrisome topic, rehab professionals can breathe a sigh of relief. Currently, job growth can be seen across the board. While general health diagnosing and treating practitioners have an expected growth of around 17%, all rehab careers exceed this number by a significant amount. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the rate of job growth for physical therapists lies at 34% by 2024, one of the highest averages for all careers. They also predict that PTs will be increasingly sought-after in acute-care and hospital settings as well as nursing facilities. Equally as impressive are the outlooks for other rehab professionals. Occupational therapy ranks among the top 20 best healthcare jobs, according to U.S. News & World Report, and lies within a high growth percentage by 2024 at 27%. Look out for opportunities in school settings, as an increasing number of children with autism are reaching school age. Audiologists can look forward to 29% growth within the same time frame. As the population of aging adults increases, audiologists will be needed to help with problems typically seen in this demographic. Expect more treatments and testing for hearing loss and balance disorders. A s s t r oke b e c ome s mor e c ommon, speech-language pathologists will be needed to help treat accompanying conditions. Also, as awareness surrounding speech and language conditions such as stuttering increases, parents will be looking to find treatment for children starting at a young age. The notable increase in job growth is also seen in this profession, with 21% growth by 2024. Technology as Treatment The knowledge and expertise of rehabilitation experts is needed for many patients, but what if treatment could be more effective, more engaging and more helpful for the healthcare professional? Technological advances in healthcare have given many populations a new look at life. Robert Gaunt, PhD, assistant professor of physical medicine and rehab at the University of Pittsburgh, has spent 15 years researching how technology can help individuals regain This figures to be a consequential year in rehabilitation. What are the most significant story lines? By Katherine Bortz Ringing in the New Year can mean major changes for billions of people around the world. One thing is sure to remain the same despite these various resolutions and shifts: People will need rehabilitative treatment. Rehab Insider spoke with rehab professionals in multiple specialties to see where the future of healthcare will be headed in 2017 and beyond. Katherine Bortz is on staff at REHAB INSIDER. Contact: kbortz@advanceweb.com


REHAB INSIDER • January 2017 Vol.1 No.1
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