Teaching Career, Health Care Career Leads Into Education Healthcare Career Supersector

Teaching Career + Health Care Career = Education Healthcare Career Supersector

I recently learned we made smart career choices over 35 years ago. In projecting for job growth, combining teaching career and health care career professions, the Department of Labor has created what is called the education healthcare career supersector.

My wife pursued a educational career while a career in health care evolved out of a ministry career, but now we find that our careers of choice are where the future employment action is.

These employment sectors - the health care industry and the teaching profession field - are reported to be the fastest growing career sectors, both now and in coming years.

How so? The Department of Labor states that the Education Field and Health Services Sector are lumped together to make up what is called an industry supersector.

Of all the industries and career fields, it seems that this particular Education/Healthcare supersector is projected to grow faster and will add more jobs than any other industry supersector.

Searching For Career Information About the Education Profession and The Health Care Industry

On this "change career with purpose" website I have notice that some of the most visited career webpages have to do with teaching career information and health care career information. Because I write as a hospital chaplain, most emails are regarding how to become a chaplain in the health care industry.

I suppose that when my wife becomes convinced she too should have a website focusing on teacher education aimed at providing insights for the preschool teacher, she will discover people seeking teaching career information will ask how to become a teacher.

An Education Career and A Health Care Career -- Smart Career Choices

Her teaching career and my ministry career are the career professions my wife and I chose to enter into back during college. That was over 35 years ago, yet these employment sectors are reported to be the fastest growing career sectors by the US Labor Department.

Yet both of us have dual roles within the career sectors we are in, that is, each of our career choices is a career within a career.

For example, my chaplaincy career is a ministry career, yet the setting is in the health care industry. I serve as Director of Spiritual Care for LightBridge Hospice in San Diego, California. A ministry career as a healthcare chaplain within a healthcare career is a unique and fulfilling vocational choice, one I highly recommend when asked how to become a chaplain.

My wife Aleta is employed by Point Loma Nazarene University, serving as a laboratory preschool director. As a preschool director, working in the early childhood learning field, she has a masters degree in school administration.

Yet she serves as a model teacher for college students who have chosen early childhood education as their field of study. All of this preschool learning activity takes place in higher education at the university level. Thus a career within a career. (I tell people she teaches 3 year old at the university level.)

The Education Field and The Health Services Industry Are the Fastest Growing Career Sectors

What that means is that education and health care are where the jobs are. Why the Department of Labor considers the Education Field and Health Services Sector together in what is called an industry supersector, is not clear to me, what is clear is that jobs in health care and jobs in education will increase.

Of all the industries and career fields, this particular Education/Healthcare supersector is projected to grow faster and will add more jobs than any other industry supersector.

About 3 out of every 10 new jobs created in the U.S. economy in the next few years will be in either

  • the healthcare and social assistance sector
  • or private educational services sector.

So, With these projections of job creation in education and health care, it seems my wife and I have chosen well the specific careers in which we are employed. Little did we know that by combining our teaching career and health care career professions, we were ahead of the times in making up our own education healthcare career supersector.