Health Care Careers for Military Spouses: Career Advancement Accounts
Excerpt from brochure:
The Health Care Industry as a Workplace
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the health care industry is the second fastest growing industry in the country, with an additional 4,992,000 new jobs projected between 2004 and 2014. The number of registered nurses (RNs) alone is expected to grow by 1,203,000. The demand is so great that nurses have a wide choice of working conditions and salaries.
If you are interested in math and science and enjoy either the technical aspects of medical science or being a caregiver, you may want to consider a career in the health care industry.
You probably have received services from health care workers yourself and know something of the diversity of workplace settings, which range from hospitals to laboratories to patients’ homes. Although health care jobs are concentrated in hospitals, nursing homes, and rehabilitation centers, medical personnel also can be found as staff in places such as:
- Large companies;
- Government and military clinics;
- Private homes;
- Medical laboratories; and
- Dental and doctor offices.
Because health care is typically a 24–7 industry, health care workers may be required to work at night or in changing shifts. This is not necessarily a disadvantage, because it allows health care workers to work on a schedule that accommodates children or other demands on their time. However, not all health care careers involve caring for patients. There are many interesting, exciting careers as technicians who work in laboratories, transcribe medical information, or operate specialized equipment used in various medical tests or diagnostic procedures. These are called allied health careers, and the job titles often contain the terms “technician,” “technologist,” “assistant,” “hygienist,” or “aide.” Jobs that deal with the business side of health care are also an option.