Your Research Guide to a Careeer in Healthcare

By Jasen Williams, vice president of agency relations at RecruitMilitary and a former master gunnery sergeant in the United States Marine Corps

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.


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. 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.”

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. 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.

Links to chapters on eight Community and Social Service Occupations

Links to chapters on Epidemiologists, Medical Scientists, and Psychologists

A chapter on Medical and Health Services Managers


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

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

By Jasen Williams