With any major decision in your life, it’s important to take some time to research your options. If you are considering getting trained to be a Patient Care Technician, take a look at the job outlook for the future for this career. Spend some time researching the type of earnings you can expect. It’s important to be sure that you are making a good career decision for yourself.
What Is the Job Outlook for Patient Care Technicians?
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, the job prospects for healthcare support occupations are positive. The handbook predicts that jobs fields like nursing assistants and orderlies—the career category where Patient Care Technicians would fall— are expected to grow faster than other healthcare job fields, with a 23 percent increase from 2014-2024.
The handbook suggests that as the baby-boomer population ages and chronic illnesses increase, the need for more jobs like nursing assistants and Patient Care Technicians may increase as well.
A Typical Patient Care Technician Salary
To get an idea of the salary for Patient Care Technician jobs, visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook’s section on Nursing Assistants and Orderlies. (This job category best fits the role of the Patient Care Technician.) As with any job, the salary for a Patient Care Technician will vary depending on geographic location, employer, and experience level. Most Patient Care Technicians start their careers with entry-level positions.
An online search for local Patient Care Tech career listings can help you see what jobs are paying in your region. If you begin working in an entry-level position, Patient Care Technician jobs can offer opportunities for personal growth. An active interest and initiative in furthering your education and professional relationships may help you take advantage of more possibilities in your career.
Career Services at Salter Nursing
The Career Services Department at Salter Nursing understands that the job search can sometimes be frustrating and take time, as with all professions. We’re here to help students and alumni with their job searches. We provide referrals and special training on job search techniques. We offer tips on Patient Care Technician resumes, cover letters, networking, and interview skills. We encourage Patient Care Tech students to contact us regularly so we can help you get your job search on the right path.