The demand for qualified professionals to fill health positions in all types of medical settings has never been greater. With increases in the average age of populations worldwide and subsequently the rise in demand for health care services, the need will only be greater. There are a variety of positions available in the health care industry. From the entry-level position of a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) to some of the more specialized fields, such as Occupational Therapists (OT), there are many health positions available at every type of facility. Especially in the United States of America, where the “Baby Boomers” (those born between 1946 and 1964 according to the U.S. Census Bureau) are reaching their advanced ages and require more health care services.
Hospitals are the largest employers of health care professionals. Every aspect in the operation of a hospital requires a variety of positions be filled in order to secure the safe and effective operation of the facility. Some of these positions include, but are not limited to, licensed registered nurses, physical therapists, pharmacists, internal medicine professionals, neurologist, gynecologist, endocrinologist, staff nurses and physicians. The amount of training and education needed varies depending on the health position. Besides hospitals, the type of facility which have a high demand to fill their health positions are health care clinics, intermediate care facilities, group homes, nursing homes, private care companies, non-profit agencies, federal and state governments, and private homes.
As in many other fields, the amount of education, training and certification will determine what health positions an applicant is qualified for, as well as how much they will earn. Some positions, such as a Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) require just a high school diploma, but with certification of being a CNA. However, others require much higher levels of education and advanced degrees in medicine. Some health positions are highly specialized, such as a Certified Registered Respiratory Therapist, Dieticians, and Kinesiotherapists. The more specialized the health position is, the higher the salary offered for that position and the greater the demand to find a qualified person to fill that vacancy.
One of the top needs to be filled in the health care industry are in the Administration services arena. All types of specialized therapists are also well sought after, especially physical therapists (RPT), physical therapist tech/assistants, and speech therapist. Nurses and physicians of all specialties and disciplines are highly paid and are always in high demand. States with the highest need to fill health positions are Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Nevada, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.
Salaries for professionals in health positions vary depending on the type of facility worked at, the level of education and training of the employee, and the amount of certifications obtained by the health care professional. The time to begin a career working in health positions in the health care industry is now, as the demand is great and will only increase in the years to come.