Looking Ahead at 2014

Looking Ahead at 2014

Happy New Year! On the first day of 2014, a lot of new laws and policies passed in 2013 take effect. What does this mean for you and your New Year’s promise?

Let’s see!

Healthcare Needs More Than Just Doctors

The biggest change in 2014 for everyone in America is the new Affordable Healthcare Act, also known as Obamacare. More people now have access to healthcare and are going to need a lot more people working in the healthcare industry.

Medical Assistants, for example, are going to be in high demand. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, from 2010 – 2020 there will be an increase of 108,000 medical assistants, a 30% growth rate!

ORT pharmacy colleges in los angeles and van nuysThe Pharmacy Is More Than Just a Place to Pick Up Prescriptions

Another big change for California in 2014 is a new law expanding the ways that pharmacists can help patients. Starting this year, pharmacists can give routine vaccinations, order and monitor medical tests and more. This can mean you might only need to see a pharmacist rather than schedule a full doctor’s appointment!

It also means pharmacists are going to get a lot busier and are going to need a lot of help. You can expect a lot of new jobs for Pharmacy Technicians to start opening up in 2014.

Say Good-Bye to That Pile of Old Plastic Bags

If you’re like me, you end up with a lot of little plastic bags after shopping. I end up keeping these in another, larger bag to (maybe) use later. Eventually, though, I’ll probably just throw all of them in the trash.

If you go to Ralphs, Vons and other big supermarkets in Los Angeles, make sure you start bringing your own bags! Starting in 2014, no more plastic bags are allowed at the big stores. Even the corner grocery is going to have to stop using plastic bags by July.

Who Needs Computers? Everybody!

digital media degree at ort colleges in los angeles californiaOf course, insurance always means a lot of documentation, calculations and bookkeeping. As healthcare and other industries grow in 2014, a lot of new people are going to be needed to keep track of patients and customers, their bills, and health records. This means Accounting skills are going to be in high demand as well as many jobs requiring the use of computers.

You’re never too old to learn a new skill, even if computers and computer programs are confusing and mysterious. E-commerce (buying and selling stuff on the Internet) is a growing industry as people shop with their smartphones and computers more than ever before. There will be increasing demand for new websites, images, logos, advertising and other collateral requiring Digital Media skills.

Moving Forward

Changes can happen fast and sometimes it seems like you can’t get ahead because you’re always trying to catch up.

But that’s just not true! You can make 2014 the start to a new you. LA ORT College is ready to help!

LA ORT is a group of nonprofit junior colleges in Los Angeles and Van Nuys provide career training in short term courses.