Industry Research Guide – Healthcare

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®  |

Search For Jobs in the Healthcare Industry

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 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

2.  Hospitals

3.  Nursing and Residential Care Facilities

4.  Social Assistance

Another BLS publication, the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-2013 Edition, has chapters on 44 healthcare occupations. The chapters are accessible from 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

Chapters on Epidemiologists, Medical Scientists, and Psychologists are accessible from

Chapters on Medical and Health Services Managers and on Preschool and Childcare Center Directors are accessible from

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; member companies produce medical devices, diagnostic products, and health-information systems. Member companies:

Association for Home Health Care; members are home care agencies, hospices, and home care aide organizations. A searchable listing of 28,584 agencies is available at:

American Orthotic and Prosthetic  Association; 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:

Contact Lens Manufacturers Association Membership Directory:

Hearing Industries Association; members are manufacturers of hearing aids, assistive listening devices, component parts, and power sources. Member companies:

LifeScience Alley’ this is a large association that supports biotechnology in Minnesota. Member companies:

The Vision Council; members are manufacturers and suppliers in the optical industry. Member companies:

Consumer Healthcare Products Association; active member companies manufacture or market over-the-counter medicines and nutritional supplements. Member companies:

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America; member companies are engaged in pharmaceutical research and biotechnology. Member companies:

Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society; North American corporate members:

American Telemedical Association; 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; members are long term care providers who are members of state affiliate associations. State affiliate associations:

Healthcare Supply Chain Association; 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:

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:

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Information for Students:

American Dental Hygienists’ Association, “Consider the possibilities . . .”:

Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Careers in Sonography:

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Student Center:

National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, EMS Careers:

American Health Information Management Association, Your All-in-One Health Information Careers Resource:

American Nurses Association, “What is Nursing?”:

American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc., For Prospective Students:

American Physical Therapy Association, About PT/PTA Careers:

American Industrial Hygiene Association, Careers in Industrial Hygiene:

American Academy of Physician Assistants, Your PA Career:

American Association for Respiratory Care, Be an RT:

American Society of Radiologic Technologists, Informational page:

National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, Career Center:


About the Author

This article was written by Jay Myers