Health sector to have 5.2 million new jobs by 2020

According to one recent report, the U.S. healthcare sector will have millions of jobs available over the next several years.

A study by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and Workforce revealed that by 2020, there would be 5.2 million new jobs available in the healthcare industry. The study also found that healthcare spending made up 18 percent of the current economy, with Americans spending significant portions of their incomes to receive treatment.

Those who helped complete the report said qualified candidates made significantly more than those without advanced degrees.

"The pay gap is enormous," said lead author Anthony P. Carnevale in a statement. "The average professional worker makes 2.5 times as much as the average support worker."

The vast majority of the positions, 82 percent, will require post-secondary education, and 26 percent of nursing opportunities will also require an advanced degree.

In California, a number of top healthcare firms have important jobs available. A recent report from the Employment Development Department revealed that Sutter Health led all sector employers with 671 available positions, followed by Dignity Health's 390.

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