12 Fastest-Growing Health Care Jobs

PHOTO: BLS ranks the 12 best jobs in health care for 2013.
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With the Affordable Health Care Act, job opportunities in the health care industry are growing, and CareerCast.com has created a list of the hottest jobs in the sector.

"More insured people means an increase in the need for different types of health services, ranging from direct care to research and maintenance of medical records," says Tony Lee, publisher of CareerCast.com.

But Lee cautions that demand will vary by region, and job hunters should be wary of overly competitive markets, such as New York City.

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Here are 12 jobs that will see the fastest growth, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' projections.

Annual Median Salary $86,960

Biomedical engineer

BLS Projected Growth: 62 percent

Annual Median Salary: $70,210

Dental Hygienist

BLS Projected Growth: 38 percent

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Annual Median Salary: $75,400

Occupational therapist

BLS Projected Growth: 33 percent

Annual Median Salary: $97,820

Optometrist

BLS Projected Growth: 33 percent

Annual Median Salary: $79,860

Physical therapist

BLS Projected Growth: 39 percent

Annual Median Salary: $66,160

Chiropractor

BLS Projected Growth: 28 percent

Annual Median Salary: $69,870

Speech pathologist

BLS Projected Growth: 23 percent

Annual Median Salary: $116,670

Pharmacist

BLS Projected Growth: 25 percent

Annual Median Salary: $116,440

Podiatrist

BLS Projected Growth: 20 percent

Annual Median Salary: $55,870

Respiratory therapist

BLS Projected Growth: 28 percent

Annual Median Salary: $34,610

Medical records technician

BLS Projected Growth: 21 percent

Annual Median Salary: $90,930

Physician assistant

BLS Projected Growth: 30 percent

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