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There are so many great medical jobs, where do you begin if you're interested in the healthcare field? This list features jobs that are highest in demand, pay, growth, or quality of life. Some top jobs on the list offer many or all of these factors!

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Healthcare Industry Adds 19,000 Jobs in March

Friday April 4, 2014

Is healthcare hiring coming back to life after a disastrous few months?

It's not quite back to its glory days, but a gain of 19,000 jobs in March is promising. Perhaps it's safe to remain cautiously optimistic?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its monthly employment situation update today, and while hospital hiring is still a bit sluggish, ambulatory care added the majority of new jobs.

Hospitals grew by just 4,000 jobs in March, after having lost about 10,000 over the previous three months.

Among ambulatory care settings, home health care grew the most in March, adding 8,500 jobs. Medical offices and outpatient care centers each added about 4,000 new jobs for the month, according to the BLS.

Offsetting the hospitals' 4,000 new jobs, was a loss of 4,000 jobs in nursing care and residential care facilities.

The unemployment rate for healthcare is at 4.0 percent, down from 5.0 percent in March of 2013. Meanwhile, the nation's overall unemployment rate remained at 6.7 percent with an addition of 192,000 nonfarm payroll jobs.

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Manage Job Stress and Prevent Burn-Out

Monday March 31, 2014

April is Stress Awareness Month, and one major source of stress is often one's career. Healthcare professionals deal with many stressful situations at work, and it can be difficult to decompress and avoid carrying the stress home after hours.

Long hours, sick patients, worried family members, increasing workloads, and staff cutbacks are just a few things that may contribute to the level of stress healthcare workers experience on a regular basis. Sometimes stress can become so overwhelming that healthcare professionals may even experience complete burn-out. Or, stress may lead to physical health problems that could also impact your career and life.

How do you prevent job-related stress from having serious repercussions on your personal and professional life?

Hot Health Careers for 2014 and Beyond

Monday March 31, 2014

One of the most common questions I receive from readers is: "which healthcare professionals are getting hired the most"? Readers and job seekers often want to know which health careers offer the most stability.

Industry demand changes from time to time, but a few trends have been holding up over the past few years. This week, Modern Healthcare outlined several "hot hiring areas" within the healthcare field that are remaining strong due to industry trends and changes.

Many of these areas are ones I've highlighted here in recent months as being most "in demand" among health careers. According to this week's Modern Healthcare article, the following are a few types of healthcare professionals that are most needed by many employers today and in the near future:

In addition to those professional roles, the following skill sets are also being sought by many hospital systems and healthcare employers, according to Modern Healthcare:

  • EHR
  • Management and leadership - especially nurse managers and physician leaders
  • Problem solving
  • Conflict resolution
  • Strategic planning
  • Communication

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Explore OT Careers for Occupational Therapy Month

Monday March 31, 2014

April is Occupational Therapy Month, so it is a great time to explore careers in this field, as well as recognize and promote the field of Occupational Therapy (OT).

The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) provides a variety of tools and resources for making Occupational Therapy Month a success and increasing awareness.

Included in the AOTA's list of 10 Things You Can Do to Celebrate Occupational Therapy Month are a few simple ideas such as how to advertise, or hold a contest to promote awareness of the important role occupational therapists, OT assistants, and OT nurses play in healthcare, and the impact of occupational therapy on so many people who benefit from it.

The AOTA also provides an OT month toolkit, sample press release, and resources and fact sheet regarding this year's theme of Autism. Occupational therapy plays an important role in the treatment and therapy for those with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders) and helping people with ASD to live fuller, richer lives.

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