I ENCOURAGE 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. All of the URL’s below are live links in the digital version of Search & Employ®. You can access the digital magazine as well as PDF’s of this issue and back issues from


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 2012 through 2022; visit That sector has an NAICS (North American Industry Classification System) code of 62. For an explanation of NAICS codes, see “Your Guide to Industrial and Occupational Employment Statistics” in this magazine.

The Health Care and Social Assistance Sector has four subsectors. On an “Industries at a Glance” page for each subsector, the BLS describes the subsector and provides various statistics, including employment; employment by occupation; earning and hours; work-related fatalities, injuries, and illnesses; and numbers of establishments.

Ambulatory Health Care Services (NAICS 621)                                          

Hospitals (NAICS 622)                                                                                          

Nursing and Residential Care Facilities (NAICS 623)                          

Social Assistance (NAICS 624)                                                                           


Another BLS publication, the Occupational Outlook Handbook, has chapters on 47 healthcare occupations, including three in veterinary medicine. 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 eight Community and Social Service Occupations are accessible from

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

A chapter on Medical and Health Services Managers is accessible from


Industry associations are another great source of information and job leads. The following associations’ websites have links to their member and/or associate member companies’ sites – and most of the company sites have “careers” or “jobs” or “employment opportunities” lists.

Advanced Medical Technology Association                                                

American Health Care Association          

American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association                                      

American Telemedicine Association                                                              

Association for Home Health Care and Hospice                                      

Consumer Healthcare Products Association                                              

Contact Lens Manufacturers Association                                                   

Dental Trade Alliance                                                                                            

Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society             

Healthcare Supply Chain Association                                                           

Hearing Industries Association                                                                       

Medical Device Manufacturers Association                                                

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America              

The Vision Council                                                                                                  


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:

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics                                                            

American Academy of Physician Assistants                                          

American Association for Respiratory Care                                          

American Association of Medical Assistants                                        

American Association of Nurse Practitioners                                      

American Dental Hygienists’ Association                                               

American Health Information Management Association                

American Industrial Hygiene Association                                              

American Medical Association                                                                     

American Nurses Association                                                                       

American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.                            

American Physical Therapy Association                                                

American Society of Radiologic Technologists                                    

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association                           

Association of American Medical Colleges

National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians            

National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America       

National Athletic Trainers’ Association                                                

Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography                                          


Jasen Williams is vice president of agency relations at RecruitMilitary and a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.


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This article was written by Jay Myers