According to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluations, global life expectancy has increased for both sexes from 65.3 years in 1990 to 71.5 years in 2013. By 2030, life expectancy for men is expected to be as high as 78.1 years and life expectancy for women is expected to reach 85.3 years. While this undoubtedly excellent news, what does it mean for those who are entering a healthcare profession?
Increasing Life Expectancy Means More Demand for Healthcare Professionals.
While casual observation may seem to suggest that diseases are being eradicated and life expectancy is increasing would point to a decline in the demand for healthcare professionals, quite the opposite is true. Instead, increasing life expectancy means an increasing need for skilled health sciences professionals. As people age, they require more medical care. There are many age related diseases that the longer the individual lives will appear in his/her lifetime. In fact, there’s no disputing the fact that the elderly are by and large the largest consumers of the healthcare field. Since more and more people across the world are living to reach their golden years, more healthcare professionals will be needed to aid them once they reach their 70s, 80s, and beyond.
The fact that life expectancy is increasing across the world is not only an indication that demand for healthcare professionals will increase, it’s also a sign that the those in health sciences profession are and will be in high demand, to help people across the world live longer with higher level of healthy and quality of life.
If you would like to learn more about pursuing an education in this promising field, we hope you will consider Touro University Worldwide. TUW offers a variety of Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees for those interested in careers in these growing fields of Health Education, including the Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration and the Master of Science in Health Sciences with a concentration in Public Health – programs that will give you the knowledge and experience needed to excel as a healthcare professional. If you would like to learn more about these programs, we welcome you to contact us today!