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    The Health Science cluster is about using your love of science to help keep people healthy and treat those who are not. Work directly with people as a doctor or physical therapist or on your own by conducting research on diseases and other important health information. This field allows you to work in diverse environments such as hospitals, medical and dental offices, or labs.

    An aging population is expected to increase so will  the need for radiation therapists. Advancements in cancer treatment and detection also should boost the need for radiation therapists. There also will be a need for new nurses with an increase in the employment of registered nurses.  The expected increase in jobs is due to many reasons, including an older population that is likely to have more medical problems, and growing access to health care due to federal health insurance reform. Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics also should have favorable job prospects. Paramedics and EMTs will continue to be needed to care for sick and injured people during emergencies.

    Employment Projections: 2014-2024*

    The Health Science cluster is projected to exhibit the highest percentage of growth between 2014 and 2024 among all clusters in both the U.S. (19 percent) and Virginia (21 percent), based on Trailblazers analysis of information from the Bureau of Labor StatisticsThis link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website. This cluster employed approximately 293,900 Virginians in 2014 and is expected to employ at least 63,100 more by 2024, which represents the greatest numeric increase of workers among all clusters. More than 357,000 Virginians are projected to be employed in Health Science occupations by 2024.