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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Who's Hiring?

Being in the recruiting industry for the past 11 years I've been asked a lot of job related questions. The most common question I receive is, "how's the job market"? With the unemployment rate at 9.4% (Bureau of Labor Statistics, May, 2009) it's easy to paint a grim picture. However, there are jobs out there. It's just knowing where to look and how to get started. Three top sectors hiring right now are Health Care, Education and Government.

Health Care

Health care is the top industry. According the the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this industry has added 369,000 jobs in 2008 and more than 250,000 jobs already this year. There are so many jobs categorized under health care and choosing a career path is sometimes confusing. I focused on two solid long term career opportunities.

*Medical Assistant: Median Salary $28,429 (Salary.com)

Medical Assistants work as part of a diverse health care team in medical offices and health care practices. They perform administrative and certain clinical duties under the direction of physician. Being a Medical Assistant isn't going to get you rich, but the relatively low amount of time it takes to become a Medical Assistant makes it a good choice if you are looking to change careers. While the training and education required to work as a Medical Assistant vary by state, below are a couple of links to get you started.

American Association of Medical Assistants

http://www.aama-ntl.org/becomeCMA/how.aspx

Link to find Medical Assistant Schools:

http://www.medical-assistant-training-schools.org/medical-assistant-schools.htm

*Registered Nurse: Median Salary: $62,089 (Salary.com)

Nursing is projected to add more jobs than any other career over the next decade. Nurses provide medical care and treat patients in a variety of settings. To become a Registered Nurse there are two degree options, including the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN), and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Both degrees offer the broad training necessary to enter into a solid long term career.

I think nursing is such a wonderful choice because of the countless ways your nursing career can grow. You can work as an RN in a hospital, physician's office or other direct patient care environment. You can earn an Advanced Practice Degree or earn a specialty certification. You can also grow into Nurse Management, Case Management, and various non-direct patient care nursing roles. One of the coolest nursing paths is to work in clinical research. You can work as a Clinical Research Coordinator for a University or Hospital, and progress into the pharmaceutical industry to work as a Clinical Research Associate. From there you can move up and become a Director of Clinical Operations for a Pharmaceutical company. Literally thousands of jobs can come from earning a nursing degree and becoming a Registered Nurse.


For information on nursing schools and where to get started go to:

http://www.allnursingschools.com/

Education

Another industry that has had recent job growth is Education. The education industry added over 125,000 jobs last year (Bureau of Labor Statistics). Within education jobs there has been a rising demand for qualified teaching professionals.

*Teacher: Median Salary: $42,120 (Payscale.com)

Teachers assist the learning process through classroom activities and interactive discussions. With state budget cuts there may be some regional concerns about the short term stability of teaching jobs. However, overall teaching careers have shown proven long term sustainability. What you need to get started is a Bachelor's Degree and a state-accredited teacher training program. The link below can get you started on the right track in your state.

How to become a teacher:

http://www.teacher-world.com/teacher-education/become-teacher.html

Government

The Federal Government has already added over 45,000 jobs this year. President Obama's stimulus plan hopes to create more than 3.5 million jobs by the end of 2010.

For 2010, the Census Bureau is hiring hundreds of thousands of temporary workers to fill a variety of census positions across the country.

Census Bureau Job Link: http://www.census.gov/hrd/www/index.html

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection is seeking to hire more than 11,000 people this year.

*Border Patrol Agent: Median Salary: $38,196 (Payscale.com)

To apply for a Border Patrol Agent you must be a US Citizen, physically fit and under the age of 37.

Here is the link to Border Patrol Jobs:

http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/careers/customs_careers/border_careers/

Official US Government Job site: http://www.usajobs.com/

These are just a few examples of current available jobs. Bottom line is there are jobs available across all categories. You just need to figure out what you want to do and get out there. Resuwe.com, fight unemployment.

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