Looking for Work? Consider the Healthcare Industry.

May 6th, 2010, by SHEILA WILEY

Regardless of what happens in the economy, healthcare continues to be one of the most important, most popular, and fastest-growing industries.

Healthcare is one of the country’s largest industries, providing  14.3 million jobs in 2008 alone. And the industry is expected to generate 3.2 million new jobs between 2008 and 2018 — more than any other industry.

In addition, 10 of the 20 fastest-growing occupations are healthcare-related, and most positions require less than four years of college education.

Despite that, there is still a shortage of qualified workers to fill many of the available healthcare openings, and that gap is expected to worsen with time.

Even if you don’t want to be a nurse or doctor, if you’ve ever thought about getting into the healthcare field, now is the time to do so.

The healthcare industry needs all types of workers — x-ray technicians, gift shop employees, food service workers, cleaning staff, accountants and public relations professionals.

And May is a great time to learn about the industry because several healthcare professions and organizations have dedicated awareness weeks:

(May 2 – 8) North American Occupational Safety & Health Week;
(May 3 – 9) National Mental Health Counseling Week;
(May 6 – 12) National Nurses Week;
(May 9 – 15) National Nursing Home Week;
(May 9 – 15) National Hospital Week;
(May 16 – 22) National EMS Week;
(May 17 – 23) National Medical Transcriptionist Week.

Chances are, the type of job you want to pursue has a place in the healthcare field. Good luck!

Sheila Wiley is Community Relations Director for

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