It is no secret that Americans are living long lives. According to the U.S. Social Security Administration, the average life expectancy is 84 years for males and 86.5 years for females (according to the CDC, the average life expectancy is 78.6 years). Life expectancy is related to advances in medical science, technology and guidelines for improving patient care and the incidence of chronic conditions such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.


The evolving landscape of health care is placing increased and rapidly-changing demands on providers. Aging populations; increases in the number of patients with chronic conditions; recent government changes; advances in medical technology; more informed, digital consumers and changes in intrapersonal connections all drive demand for healthcare services and impact the need for skilled health care providers. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “employment of healthcare occupations is projected to grow 18 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 2.4 million new jobs”.


Have you ever considered a career in health care? To help determine if a health care career is right for you, this lesson will examine the following aspects of the health care industry:


  1. Team Response: According to the Social Security Life Expectancy Calculator, how long is your life expectancy?


  2. Team Response: How do you think health care will have changed by the time you are in your 30’s, 40’s or 50’s?