This section is excerpted from Health Care Job Explosion! 4th edition and provides an introduction to health care jobs, medical jobs, and hospital jobs and includes information on industry growth, locating jobs and networking techniques. This section includes health care job information that is useful for those exploring the health care field and it will assist job seekers find health care jobs.







Thirteen of the 30 occupations with the fastest projected growth rate are health-related. (See Table on home page) Health care manpower shortages are now commonplace and many health care providers take months to locate qualified personnel.

Growing twice as fast as the average occupation, health care practitioner and technical employment is projected to increase 30.3% between 2004 and 2014. Replacing workers who retire or leave their jobs will further increase the number of job openings. Efforts to reduce health care costs may increase demand for technicians, aides and assistants, as they assume duties formerly performed by more highly paid workers.

Between 2004 and 2014, the U.S. will require millions of additional medical workers, including: 212,000 physicians & surgeons, 72,000 physical therapists, 1,203,000 registered nurses, 57,000 respiratory therapists, 1,038,000 health technicians and technologists, 101,000 pharmacists, 273,000 medical assistants, 189,000 dental assistants and 956,000 nursing, psychiatric and home health aides.


Many of the fastest growing occupations are concentrated in the health services field, which is expected to account for 1 out of every 5 new jobs created by 2014. Washington state had a whopping 14,000 health care job openings in May of 2005 alone! Factors contributing to job growth include increased use of innovative medical technology, the increase in obesity-related health problems, and the aging population, which will require more health services. Retirement of older workers is expected to cause worker shortages. In some areas, new-hire bonuses of $5000 are common and a few hospitals even offer help with mortgages or rent. Students in fields with the greatest shortages may find employers offering loan forgiveness programs to help repay college debt. The US Army offers registered nurses bonuses of up to $15,000.

"In researching Health Care Job Explosion!   we interviewed a health care professional for each primary occupational group. These interviews lead off the chapter for that health care profession."


Source : Health Care Job Explosion!, Fourth Edition By Dennis V. Damp


Where the Jobs Really Are 


The majority (75% or more) of job vacancies never make it to the classified ads. Therefore, individuals must identify viable employment opportunities through associations, newsletters, Internet sites, directories, job fairs, personal contacts, job hotlines, corporations, and other published listings. Alternative hiring resources offer a wide variety of career possibilities.  

Source : Health Care Job Explosion!, Fourth Edition By Dennis V. Damp
Go to the JOBS page for links to thousands of job vacancies in ALL occupations.

Health Care Job Explosion offers a distinct advantage over other books of this type. It is two books in one — a CAREER GUIDE plus a dynamic JOB FINDER. First, it provides a description of each of the major health care career fields. Second, re-sources are listed for job announcements (publications with job ads, job hotlines, Internet sites for job seekers, and job fairs), placement services, directories, and general information (associations, career-oriented web sites, and job related books).

This dual format permits comparisons between specialties and offers insight into qualifications, cross-training potential, and pay. The job descriptions list occupations with similar skill and training requirements.

The chapters listed below explore the following occupation groups:

Chapter 7: NURSING

The job descriptions offer the most up-to-date information available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' 2000-2001 Occupational Outlook Handbook interspersed with succinct input provided from many health care professionals and organizations. Each occupational listing covers the nature of the work, working conditions, employment statistics, training, other qualifications, advancement, job outlook, earnings, and related occupations. Following each job description is a compendium of job resources: classified employment ads in periodicals or on web sites, job hotlines, job fairs, job placement services, associations, Internet sites, directories, and job related books.

For information on the remaining occupations and over 1400 career exploration and networking resources look up a copy of Health Care Job Explosion! 4th edition, by Dennis V. Damp at your local library or you can purchase a copy for $19.95 plus shipping from our toll free service at 1-800-782-7424 (Orders Only). All major credit cards are accepted.


The Health Care Job Explosion's resources can help you find hundreds of jobs that are not advertised in your local newspaper. Each occupation will offer one or more of the following resources, with icons to guide you. Categories are explained on the following pages.



Periodicals With Classifieds

Internet Sites with Job Listings


And Services with Job Opening Notification by E-mail


Includes "Virtual Job Fairs" on the Internet


In Print and on Internet Sites






Job Advertising Sources:

Newspapers - Start with the classified and display ads in your local newspaper. Include national newspapers such as the New York Times and USA Today. Many have web sites.

Special purpose periodicals - These listings provide nothing but classifieds for specific careers or occupational segments. Job ads number from a dozen to thousands per issue.

Professional association publications - A number of associations’ news-letters, journals and other publications list classifieds and provide networking contacts.  

View and link to associations and other resources on this site to fast start your job search.

Internet - The Internet is changing the way job seekers access classified advertising. Many professional associations and publishers are now online. Some list their employment ads on their web site. Williams and Wilkins, an important health care journal publisher, lists every employment ad online and updates the site daily. Find it at the URL: (http://www.wwilkins.com/classifieds). Many web sites are posting job openings. Some specialize in the health care field. Internet service providers and search engines often have employment categories on their home pages.

Job Hotlines - A number of health care organizations, businesses, and government organizations offer job hotlines. The charge for this service varies. Some offer toll-free numbers, some are free for members of the sponsoring professional organizations and others charge fees.

In our research we requested information from several services. Most of the job hot lines had updated information and provided speedy responses. Many services now have automated voice attendants. Auto-mated voice attendants generally require a touch-tone phone. The more expensive automated attendants allow voice or touch-tone use. Services range from recorded messages to operators that talk with you person to person. To access some you must be a member of the sponsoring professional organization. Some are being replaced by web sites or by services using e-mail to notify you of jobs.

Job Fairs - Organizations occasionally conduct jobs fairs throughout the country. Job fairs are sponsored by various organization and associations. They provide direct contact with potential employers and offer a wide array of career literature and job listings. "Mini-job fairs" are often held at annual professional conventions. Ask your professional association(s) if recruiters will be present at meetings. A few "virtual job fairs" can be found on the Internet.

Placement Services ( Resume Matching Services) - Trade, professional, and government organizations operate placement services, often referred to as resume matching services. Resumes are matched to vacant positions. Computers are often used to analyze resumes and match them to job vacancies.

State government services are free, while others charge the applicant and employers often pay a fee to use the service. Many states, professional associations and private recruiters have their job placement services on web sites. Many professional associations and web job sites will allow you to post your resume free.

Associations - Health care associations provide a wealth of valuable information, career guidance, and services to members. They often advertise job vacancies in their publications and web sites, sponsor annual job fairs, and offer placement services. Position wanted ads may also be accepted. Services and member benefits can be extensive. The AAPA (American Academy of Physician Assistants) is an excellent example. They offer program directories, career guides, resume assistance, over 17 publications, a monthly newsletter, job openings listed on the Internet, CME credit logging service, an employment magazine, and comprehensive journals. They also have 57 local chapters to facilitate networking. Hundreds of organizations like AAPA provide similar services.

Membership cost varies. Students can join many professional associations at reduced rates. Nonmembers can often purchase subscriptions and publications or receive free career information brochures or packets.

Associations are listed in the Resources sections following the appropriate health care career description. Their services and publications will be listed, if information is available, under the association’s title, including subscription costs, publications offered, and basic services rendered. Some association’s publications may be listed under the publisher’s name, if the publisher provides a special service, such as Lippencott-Raven’s Nursing Center on the web.

Write for a sample newsletters and association membership information. Publishers will often provide a complimentary copy or charge a small fee for a sample issue. Many publications and directories are available at university medical libraries or you may be able to read a copy at your local physician’s office or medical center. Your health care providers may belong to one or several of these organizations. Also, your local public library may be able to obtain some materials.


Directories - Directories provide detailed listings of association members, companies, medical practices, allied health providers, homes for the aging, laboratories, specialists, research facilities, special care facilities, and much more. They offer an abundant resource for the job hunter.


It's best to research the companies that interest you. The more information you have concerning a potential employer the better. This information can help you select companies with the best benefits, comprehensive retirement packages, and working conditions. Individual contacts can steer you to personnel directors, under-staffed offices, and provide inside information on the working environment. Some of the employment web sites provide employer profiles.

Directories are available from thousands of organizations. Prices range from free to several thousand dollars for extensive packages. Many directories are now published on CD ROM in a database format for computer users. Computers offer key word sorting and fast access to any one of thousands of retrieval formats. A diligent search of the Internet may turn up the directory you want online at no charge.

ElderConnect, a web site provided by Extended Care Information Network, Inc., has a searchable directory of over 33,000 acute rehabilitation providers, retirement communities, long-term nursing care facilities, and home health agencies. (http://www.elderconnect.com.)





Many would have you believe that networking requires complex planning strategies and toastmaster capabilities. Most, including myself, prefer the informal approach. Remember, networking is natural - it’s something you will do all the time. How? Every time you meet people in your profession on the job or in a social situation and start talking about work, you are networking.

The essential components of a viable networking plan are personal commitment, the ability to identify resources (such as the Health Care Job Explosion) and above all else, following through with action. In addition to having the necessary qualifications and training, the underlying key to successful networking is personal contact.

Motivated job seekers should make every effort to meet face-to-face with key officials long before they submit their resume. The ability of an interviewer to match a face or telephone conversation to an application prior to the actual job interview can be invaluable. Informational interviews are one of the best ways to set up these meetings and the process with recommended questions is outlined in Chapter Two of Health Care Job Explosion.

The importance of professional associations in networking cannot be over-emphasized. If one of the organizations for your profession has a local chapter, attend all the meetings and keep in touch with the members by phone or e-mail.
Additional networking guidance is provided in the full text version of Health Care Job Explosion!.

Don’t forget to search the Internet for networking opportunities and advice. Many sites have articles on networking and/or information on e-mail discussion groups, professional chat rooms and message boards. These are especially useful if you are relocating, as you can become acquainted with others in your profession nationwide–and even worldwide.