As the U.S. economy recovers, the one thing that all Americans look forward to is a respite from the alarmingly high employment rates that have plagued the nation ever since the onset of the recent recession. A lot of interest has been generated by the outlook released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics regarding employment potential of alternative industries, and the one sector that has been projected to account for 4 million new jobs between 2008 and 2018 (roughly 26 percent of all jobs created in the economy) is healthcare and social assistance. Moreover, among the 20 fastest growing occupations in the economy in the above decade, half are in the healthcare sector.

Start slideshow to take a look at five prominent occupations in the healthcare industry that are expected to grow at some of the fastest rates over the years leading up to 2018, as predicted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

(All details pertaining to careers, remuneration and qualifications required have been compiled from information published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)