by JASEN WILLIAMS
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 http://rmvets.com/SearchEmploy.
EMPLOYMENT / OUTPUT TABLE
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 www.bls.gov/emp/ep_table_207.htm. 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 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 eight Community and Social Service Occupations 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.
A chapter on Medical and Health Services Managers is accessible from www.bls.gov/ooh/management/home.htm.
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.