Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Health Care Field Continues To Grow

It's a new year, but one thing hasn't changed - the health care field continues to be the largest industry in the United States, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

It is anticipated that 20 percent of new jobs created between now and 2014 will be in health care, with many of those jobs in the category of Allied Health. This cluster of health professions encompass jobs like diagnostic testing, physical/occupational/speech therapy and coders. Our Allied Health professionals ensure everything from making sure a patient has received the right reimbursement to sending someone home with a nutrition plan.

“As a recruiter and business partner at Northwest Hospital, one of my roles is to go out to the community. This means going everywhere from middle schools to colleges with the Allied curriculum, all to promote and influence students on the opportunities and the education available," said Joan Montgomery, human resources business partner at Northwest. “Education is of the utmost important to obtaining a career in the allied health arena. Health care is a viable existence and there is a demand for those to provide the care.”

Among the "hot jobs" in Allied Health available Northwest include medical lab technician (Blood Bank), diagnostic coder (CCS), respiratory care practitioner (RRT), cardiac sonographer, physical therapist, and physical therapy assistant. All these jobs require four years or less of college. Additional available jobs at LifeBridge Health include physician assistants, occupational therapists, biomedical technicians, critical care and emergency department nurses, geriatric nursing assistants, medical secretaries, and central sterile technicians.

To see a complete listing of the opportunities available at at LifeBridge Health, visit

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