YOUR RESEARCH GUIDE TO A CAREER IN HEALTHCARE


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)                                                  

www.bls.gov/iag/tgs/iag621.htm

Hospitals (NAICS 622)                                                                                                  

www.bls.gov/iag/tgs/iag622.htm

Nursing and Residential Care Facilities (NAICS 623)                                  

www.bls.gov/iag/tgs/iag623.htm

Social Assistance (NAICS 624)                                                                                   

www.bls.gov/iag/tgs/iag624.htm

OCCUPATIONS

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

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                                                        

http://advamed.org/page/33/members

American Health Care Association                  

www.ahcancal.org/about_ahca/ahca_membership/Pages/StateAffiliates.aspx

American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association                                              

https://www.aopanetonline.org/membershipdirectory/

American Telemedicine Association                                                                      

www.americantelemed.org

Association for Home Health Care and Hospice                                            

www.nahcagencylocator.com/SearchResult.asp?Show=All  

Consumer Healthcare Products Association                                                    

www.chpa.org/CHPAMembers.aspx  

Contact Lens Manufacturers Association                                                           

www.gpli.info/labs/

Dental Trade Alliance                                                                                                    

www.dentaltradealliance.org/Member-Directory/

Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society                     

http://apps.himss.org/HIMSSorg/corporateMembership_directory.asp?navItemNumber=12514

Healthcare Supply Chain Association                                                                   

www.supplychainassociation.org/?page=MemberOrganizations

Hearing Industries Association                                                                               

www.hearing.org/Content.aspx?id=50

Medical Device Manufacturers Association                                                      

www.medicaldevices.org/?MemberDirectory  

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America                      

www.phrma.org/about/member-companies

The Vision Council                                                                                                          

www.thevisioncouncil.org/member-companies

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

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                                                                    

www.eatrightpro.org/resources/career/become-an-rdn-or-dtr

American Academy of Physician Assistants                                                  

https://www.aapa.org/Career_Mgmt.aspx

American Association for Respiratory Care                                                  

www.aarc.org/career/be_an_rt/

American Association of Medical Assistants                                                

www.aama-ntl.org/medical-assisting

American Association of Nurse Practitioners                                              

www.aanp.org/education/student-resource-center/planning-your-np-education

American Dental Hygienists’ Association                                                       

www.adha.org/dental-hygiene-programs

American Health Information Management Association                      

www.ahima.org/careers  

American Industrial Hygiene Association                                                      

https://www.aiha.org/about-ih/IHcareers/Pages/default.aspx

American Medical Association                                                                             

www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/education-careers/becoming-physician.page

American Nurses Association                                                                               

www.nursingworld.org/EspeciallyForYou/What-is-Nursing

American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.                                  

www.aota.org/education-careers/considering-ot-career.aspx  

American Physical Therapy Association                                                        

www.apta.org/Careers

American Society of Radiologic Technologists                                            

www.asrt.org/main/careers/careers-in-radiologic-technology

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association                                   

www.asha.org/students/

Association of American Medical Colleges

https://www.aamc.org/students/aspiring/

National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians                    

www.naemt.org/about_ems/emsCareers.aspx

National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America             

www.navta.net  

National Athletic Trainers’ Association                                                        

www.nata.org/students/

Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography                                                  

www.sdms.org/career/default.asp

 

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