Economic factors such as the sequester have slowed healthcare employment growth in 2013, but the industry remains one of the nation’s fastest growing job sectors and experts continue to be optimistic about the future.

“We have a positive outlook for growth in the market for temporary workers with healthcare skills, Timothy Landhuis, author of the U.S. Staffing Industry Forecast, told Staffing Industry Analysis in a September article. “Although growth in 2013 appears to have decelerated in part due to cuts and delays related to physical and occupational therapy reimbursements from the government, we forecast reacceleration in 2014 as healthcare staffing continues to benefit from the secular growth in total healthcare jobs due to an aging U.S. population, as well as the buildup of staff at healthcare companies in preparation for as many as 20 million newly insured individuals due to healthcare reform.”

Landhuis also said he expected the healthcare industry to grow by 7 percent in 2014 as the demand for medical services continues to grow in almost every part of the country.

The medical sector has been a driver of job growth and the medical assistant profession has been one of the hottest careers in the healthcare sector, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. If you are considering a new career in the healthcare industry then now would be the perfect time to consider the medical assistant training program at Milwaukee Career College, which is helping students launch long-term career in the growing medical field.