Pfizer, Kaiser Permanente Beat Google and Apple for Top Spots
CareerBliss announces the 4th annual rankings for the 50 Happiest Companies in America, and healthcare topped the list with two major firms, Pfizer pharmaceuticals, and Kaiser Permanente ranking first place, and second, respectively.
Both of the happiest healthcare firms beat notable tech corporations that are very well-known for a unique, exemplary company culture: Apple (No. 15), and Google, which ranked 21st on the list. According to CareerBliss.com, each organization that made the list this year is "dedicated to supporting employees in career development programs and cultivating a team committed to providing a positive and rewarding work experience."
Other healthcare companies making the list include:
7. Bristol-Myers Squibb (up from 13 last year)
39. Blue Cross Blue Shield (new to the list)
The majority of other companies on the list include many engineering and tech firms, interspersed with some financial firms and a few other types of companies.
CareerBliss bases the rankings on key factors affecting work happiness including: work-life balance, bosses and coworkers, job resources, compensation, growth opportunities, company culture, company reputation, daily tasks, and job control over work performed on a daily basis.
"Each year thousands of employees visit CareerBliss to rank and evaluate their employer. We are honored to be able to award the companies that lead the way in providing happy work environments and truly value their employees," says Heidi Golledge, Chief Happiness Officer and co-founder of CareerBliss.
The healthcare industry had a strong month in November, adding 28,000 jobs, according to this week's report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The majority of new healthcare jobs were added in ambulatory care settings.
Home health care saw tremendous growth, posting 12,000 new jobs for the month. Medical offices added 7,000 jobs, and outpatient care centers added 3,800. In contrast, hospitals only added 1,200 jobs in November.
The workforce in nursing care and residential care facilities decreased, losing about 3,100 jobs in November, the BLS reports.
The unemployment rate for the healthcare industry, as of November, is 3.9 percent, down from 5.2 percent this time last year. The nation's overall unemployment rate across all industries is 7.0 percent, which is a five-year low.
One characteristic of the healthcare industry is that it is always changing and evolving. New technologies, new drugs, newly discovered illnesses, changes in population, and new legislation all continually impact healthcare delivery, which in turn causes changes in the industry's workforce.
College for America, a competency-based college degree program approved by the Department of Education for federal student aid, recently released a workforce strategy report that outlines six growing medical careers that are also evolving and expanding in their scope and significance in the healthcare field.
The report, entitled "The Rise of the Medical Assistant," outlines six frontline and non-clinical careers that are seeing a surge of growth or change due to recent changes in demand caused by population growth and health care reform.
The six evolving medical careers found to be experiencing the most growth and change from 2010-2020 are: medical assistants, office supervisors, medical office specialists, community health workers, patient navigators, and medical records technicians.
Nurse educators, like many healthcare professionals, are in great demand. They are needed in many capacities to pass their knowledge and skills on to the next generation of nurses. If you want to share your passion for the field of nursing, becoming a nurse educator is a great way give back to the nursing profession you love. You may not even have to give up your clinical nursing career to become a nurse educator, depending on the type of nurse educator role you want.
Some nurse educators are full time instructors, professors, or deans at nursing schools, but others teach a class or two part-time in addition to their full-time clinical role. Online nursing schools also offer some part-time work in nursing education. Most nurse educators have advanced degrees and many years of experience working as s nurse. If this applies to you, or if becoming a nurse educator is a long term goal, a brief overview of nurse educator careers may provide some helpful information on how to become a nurse educator.
Your job search may not allow time for a holiday break or vacation. If possible, you should continue to actively search for employment during the holiday season, if you're in need of employment or a job change.
Looking for a healthcare job during the holidays can be challenging, but hospitals and healthcare employers do hire during the holidays. Patients don't stop getting sick, and people don't quit needing doctors during the holidays, so hospitals don't close down, and they still need a full, qualified staff.
You may have to navigate hiring managers' vacation time, year-end budgets, and holiday parties, but you can still be successful in your job search during the holiday season at the end of the year.
The experienced team of Jobs and Careers Guides at About.com have contributed holiday career tips to help you manage your job search during this especially trying time of year. If you are currently seeking employment, this comprehensive Holiday Career Guide is a must-read. Even if you are not actively job searching now, there are many career tips to help you maintain and even advance your professional career and reputation throughout the holidays, by avoiding office party bloopers, getting noticed, and giving appropriate gifts to coworkers.
Many healthcare careers are extremely stressful, and vacation time is not always a guarantee for hospital workers and healthcare providers who must be available to patients, regardless of the season or circumstances. The About.com Holiday Career Guide also includes tips for managing stress and navigating time off during the holidays.
Help Others While Helping Yourself
One of the many reasons healthcare is such a great, desired career field is due to the nature of the work. Many medical workers find their careers to be very rewarding because they are able to provide vital assistance to other people, while getting paid to do so.
According to Glassdoor.com, several healthcare careers are among the "Top 10 Jobs That Give Back Year Round." Half of the jobs named by Glassdoor.com are in the healthcare field. Below is a list of the jobs and their ranking:
3. Crisis Counselor
4. Military Occupational Therapist
Even though healthcare professionals get paid to help others, many of them also volunteer their time, in addition to their paid working hours. Surprisingly, volunteering has been shown to be an excellent stress-reducer for healthcare professionals.
"What do you do?" It's a very common question at cocktail parties and holiday gatherings which are popular during this time of year.
Whether you're actively seeking employment or gainfully employed, holiday parties can still be an excellent time and place for a little professional networking, despite the economy, especially regarding healthcare jobs. Even if you don't need a new job right now, meeting new people from healthcare and other industries expands your network, and may lead to great opportunities for you or for people in your network you're interested in helping.
It's probably not the best idea to show up to the party with a briefcase full of copies of your CV, but if you approach the situation casually and conversationally, you can make a positive impression and meet some excellent professional contacts at holiday social gatherings!
A great rule of thumb for a networking conversation is to abide by an 80/20 rule: initially spend more time learning about the other person (80%) than talking about yourself (20%). You can "sell yourself" in more detail later, but if you take interest in the other person you've just met, he or she will really enjoy the conversation and will be more likely to want to keep in touch.
Don't worry if you can't carry business cards with you, or if you forget. You may be able to record contact information in your phone. Even if you don't have a phone with you or a method to record detailed contact information, a great way to follow up with a new contact is to connect via LinkedIn, provided you can remember your new acquaintance's name, or where he or she works. LinkedIn is one of my favorite ways to follow up with people after meeting them, because it's somewhat "social", but also professional. If you connect via LinkedIn, be sure to include a note with your connection request to remind the person how and where you met him or her.
Consider the various opportunities for networking over the holidays:
- Travel - You never know who could be standing next to you in the security line or sitting in the seat next to you on the plane! Be prepared to strike up a conversation.
- Parties and Gatherings - Be prepared to meet new people, no matter if you're gathering at your Aunt's house, your in-laws, or at a friend's holiday party. Remember, the people you meet don't even necessarily have to work in the healthcare industry in order to be valuable contacts.
- Down Time - Depending on your travel and celebration plans, you may have more down-time than usual during the holidays. If you have extra time off from school or even from a current job if you're employed, or downtime in between travels or waiting to board a plane, use this time to do some on-line networking, or maybe read a helpful book.
Definitely enjoy your holidays and have some fun! But also keep your mind open to any and all potential networking opportunities!
November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, as well as National Home Care and Hospice Month.
Hospice, palliative care, and home health care are some of the most rapidly growing sectors of health care, due to the aging population, particularly as the largest generation of Americans, (Baby Boomers) continue to age.
According to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, more than 1.5 million patients receive care from hospices and palliative care programs nationwide each year. These programs provide a variety of medical services including pain management, symptom control, psychosocial support, and spiritual care to patients and their families facing serious or life limiting illness, according to the NHPCO.
Medical professionals who work in hospice care and palliative medicine typically provide care to some of the sickest patients. Often, patients in hospice and palliative care settings have multiple, severe medical issues, and may even be terminally ill or dying.
Therefore, people who work in these fields must be extremely strong, patient, and compassionate caregivers. Of course, these are qualities exhibited by all good healthcare workers, but perhaps even more so with patients who are so severely ill.
In addition to clinical skills, dealing with dying patients and their families requires a tremendous level of interpersonal skill and emotional fortitude. However, because of the nature of the circumstances surrounding hospice and palliative care, these fields are also extremely rewarding. As a caregiver in hospice or palliative care, you are helping people during one of the most trying, critical times of their lives, and perhaps during their final days.
Home health care is not specific to hospice or palliative care. Some home health care situations may involve elder care or treating patients who are temporarily home-bound due to an accident or other treatable issue.
Hospice, palliative care, and home health care each offer a variety of healthcare professions at a wide range of salary and education levels, from high school graduates, such as home health aides, through doctorate level professionals, such as PhDs or physicians who specialize in palliative medicine.
The healthcare industry added 15,000 jobs in October, according to today's report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, bringing the industry's unemployment rate down to 4.4 percent, compared to 7.3 percent overall unemployment nationwide.
October's industry growth was on pace with healthcare's average monthly growth in 2013, of 17,000 jobs, which is much lower than 2012's average monthly growth of 27,000 jobs.
As has been the trend in recent months, ambulatory care experienced the greatest growth (+11,000 jobs), with modest gains in hospital jobs (+2,200).
Home health care and medical offices experienced the most growth in the ambulatory care segment, with 2,800 and 3,500 jobs added respectively. Outpatient care centers only added about 500 jobs in October.
What are the creepiest "healthscare careers"?
Earlier this week, a creepy coroner's career was featured here, just in time for the scariest time of year. For Halloween, let's take a closer look at a few other creepy "health SCARE-eers":
Phlebotomist: Drawing blood comes naturally for vampires, but you can learn how to do it too! However, as a phlebotomist, you'd draw blood with a syringe, not with your fangs!
Surgeon: What is more creepy than cutting into people, opening them up, and removing body parts, and/or repairing body parts, and then sewing them back up again? Surgeons have a pretty creepy career, but as long as they use their surgical skills for good and not for evil, they're not too frightening.
Forensic Pathologist: These are the people who examine dead bodies to find out what killed them ... eek! Coroners are typically forensic pathologists.
Anesthesiologist: (Honorable mention) An anesthesiologist once told me that being an anesthesiologist is almost like killing people and then bringing them back to life. Sounds pretty scary to me! Of course, these doctors don't really kill people, but they do put them into a very deep, almost death-like sleep so they can't feel any pain during invasive surgical procedures. It only takes one wrong dose or mishap by the anesthesiologist, and the patient might really never ever wake up. (Cue screeching violins!)
What other health careers do you think could qualify as a creepy, spooky health SCARE-eer?