12 Fastest-Growing Health Care Jobs

PHOTO: BLS ranks the 12 best jobs in health care for 2013. Getty Images
BLS ranks the 12 best jobs in health care for 2013.

intro: With the Affordable Health Care Act, job opportunities in the health care industry are growing, and CareerCast.com has created a list of the hottest jobs in the sector.

"More insured people means an increase in the need for different types of health services, ranging from direct care to research and maintenance of medical records," says Tony Lee, publisher of CareerCast.com.

But Lee cautions that demand will vary by region, and job hunters should be wary of overly competitive markets, such as New York City.

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Here are 12 jobs that will see the fastest growth, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' projections.

quicklist: category: Annual Median Salary $86,960 title: Biomedical engineer text: BLS Projected Growth: 62 percent

quicklist: category: Annual Median Salary: $70,210 title: Dental Hygienist text: BLS Projected Growth: 38 percent

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quicklist: category: Annual Median Salary: $75,400 title: Occupational therapist text: BLS Projected Growth: 33 percent

quicklist: category: Annual Median Salary: $97,820 title: Optometrist text: BLS Projected Growth: 33 percent

quicklist: category: Annual Median Salary: $79,860 title: Physical therapist text: BLS Projected Growth: 39 percent

quicklist: category: Annual Median Salary: $66,160 title: Chiropractor text: BLS Projected Growth: 28 percent

quicklist: category: Annual Median Salary: $69,870 title: Speech pathologist text: BLS Projected Growth: 23 percent

quicklist: category: Annual Median Salary: $116,670 title: Pharmacist text: BLS Projected Growth: 25 percent

quicklist: category: Annual Median Salary: $116,440 title: Podiatrist text: BLS Projected Growth: 20 percent

quicklist: category: Annual Median Salary: $55,870 title: Respiratory therapist text: BLS Projected Growth: 28 percent

quicklist: category: Annual Median Salary: $34,610 title: Medical records technician text: BLS Projected Growth: 21 percent

quicklist: category: Annual Median Salary: $90,930 title: Physician assistant text: BLS Projected Growth: 30 percent