By Jasen Williams | vice president of agency relations at RecruitMilitary and a veteran of the United States Marine Corps |
Published in the September/October 2012 issue of print Search & Employ® |
RecruitMilitary encourages job seekers to use this guide to learn about the Health Care and Social Assistance sector of the economy and the job opportunities in that sector.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a part of the United States Department of Labor, has published projections on employment in the Health Care and Social Assistance sector for the years 2010 through 2020; visit www.bls.gov/emp/ep_table_207.htm. That sector includes four subsectors; and, on an “Industries at a Glance” page for each subsector, the BLS describes the subsector, and provides various statistics – employment and layoffs; extended mass layoffs; employment by occupation; earnings; earnings by occupation; work-related fatalities, injuries, and illnesses; and numbers of establishments.
The subsectors and the URL’s of their pages are:
1. Ambulatory Health Care Services www.bls.gov/iag/tgs/iag621.htm
2. Hospitals www.bls.gov/iag/tgs/iag622.htm
3. Nursing and Residential Care Facilities www.bls.gov/iag/tgs/iag623.htm
4. Social Assistance www.bls.gov/iag/tgs/iag624.htm
Another BLS publication, the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-2013 Edition, has chapters on 44 healthcare occupations. The chapters are accessible from www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/home.htm. Each chapter has sections on what people in the occupation do on the job, work environment, how to enter the occupation, pay, job outlook, similar occupations, and contacts for more information.
Chapters on Health Educators, Mental Health Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists, Rehabilitation Counselors, Social and Human Service Assistants, Social Workers, and Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors are accessible from www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/home.htm.
Chapters on Epidemiologists, Medical Scientists, and Psychologists are accessible from www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/home.htm.
Chapters on Medical and Health Services Managers and on Preschool and Childcare Center Directors are accessible from www.bls.gov/ooh/management/home.htm.
Industry associations are another great source of information on the healthcare sector. Associations are also a great source of job leads. The following associations’ websites have links to their member companies’ sites – and most of the company sites have “Careers” or “Jobs” or “Employment Opportunities” lists.
Advanced Medical Technology Association http://www.advamed.org; member companies produce medical devices, diagnostic products, and health-information systems. Member companies: http://www.advamed.org/MemberPortal/Membership/member_company_listing.htm
Association for Home Health Care http://www.nahc.org/; members are home care agencies, hospices, and home care aide organizations. A searchable listing of 28,584 agencies is available at: http://www.nahcagencylocator.com/SearchResult.asp?Show=All
American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association www.aopanet.org; members include patient care facilities and suppliers that manufacture, distribute, design, fabricate, fit, and supervise the use of orthopedic braces and artificial limbs. Member companies: https://www.aopanetonline.org/membershipdirectory?organization=&city=&state=&zipcode=&memberType=&country=United+States+of+America&view=details
Contact Lens Manufacturers Association www.clma.net. Membership Directory: http://www.clma.net/docs/2012-member-directory.pdf
Hearing Industries Association www.hearing.org; members are manufacturers of hearing aids, assistive listening devices, component parts, and power sources. Member companies: http://www.hearing.org/Content.aspx?id=50
LifeScience Alley www.lifesciencealley.org’ this is a large association that supports biotechnology in Minnesota. Member companies: https://www.lifesciencealley.org/members/member_list.aspx
The Vision Council www.thevisioncouncil.org; members are manufacturers and suppliers in the optical industry. Member companies: http://www.thevisioncouncil.org/member_companies.cfm
Consumer Healthcare Products Association www.chpa-info.org; active member companies manufacture or market over-the-counter medicines and nutritional supplements. Member companies: https://webportal.chpa-info.org/Custom/PublicActiveMemberCompanies.aspx?Token
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America www.pharma.org; member companies are engaged in pharmaceutical research and biotechnology. Member companies: http://www.phrma.org/about/member-companies
Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society; North American corporate members: http://www.himss.org/ASP/corporatemembership_directory.asp
American Telemedical Association www.americantelemed.org; members are individuals, healthcare institutions, companies, and other organizations with an interest in promoting the use of remote medical technologies. Members in four categories are accessible from the “ATA Members” tab on the home page.
American Health Care Association www.ahcancal.org; members are long term care providers who are members of state affiliate associations. State affiliate associations: http://www.ahcancal.org/about_ahca/ahca_membership/Pages/StateAffiliates.aspx
Healthcare Supply Chain Association www.supplychainassociation.org; members are 15 group purchasing organizations, including for-profit and not-for-profit corporations, purchasing groups, associations, multi-hospital systems, and healthcare provider alliances. Member organizations: http://www.supplychainassociation.org/?page=MemberOrganizations
Professional associations are an excellent source of information about healthcare and social assistance work, and instructions on entering the various professions. Members of these associations are men and women who work in the professions. The following associations have career information for students and/or prospective students on their websites:
National Athletic Trainers’ Association, Student Section: http://www.nata.org/students/
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Information for Students: http://www.asha.org/students/
American Dental Hygienists’ Association, “Consider the possibilities . . .”: http://www.adha.org/careerinfo/index.html
Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Careers in Sonography: http://www.sdms.org/career/default.asp
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Student Center: http://www.eatright.org/BecomeanRDorDTR/content.aspx?id=8092
National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, EMS Careers: http://www.naemt.org/about_ems/emsCareers.aspx
American Health Information Management Association, Your All-in-One Health Information Careers Resource: http://hicareers.com/
American Nurses Association, “What is Nursing?”: www.nursingworld.org/EspeciallyForYou/What-is-Nursing.
American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc., For Prospective Students: www.aota.org/Students/Prospective.org.
American Physical Therapy Association, About PT/PTA Careers: www.apta.org/Caareers.
American Industrial Hygiene Association, Careers in Industrial Hygiene: http://www.aiha.org/consumerinfo/Pages/CareersinIndustrialHygiene.aspx
American Academy of Physician Assistants, Your PA Career: http://www.aapa.org/your_pa_career.aspx
American Association for Respiratory Care, Be an RT: http://www.aarc.org/career/be_an_rt/
American Society of Radiologic Technologists, Informational page: www.asrt.org/main/careers/careers-in-radiologic-technology
National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, Career Center: http://www.navta.net/careers/careers-center