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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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:
By Jasen Williams