Health Care Jobs Surge Despite Summer Slowdown

Photo of a doctor checking a patient's throat.

New data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that more people with health care experience on their resumes

 were able to find work in August, as the overall industry continues to be one of the nations's leading  job creators.

According to the latest jobs report, health care employment rose by a total of 16,700 positions, despite the summer hiring slowdown, which is good news if you are looking for a career in health care

The BLS reports that the 3 out of the top 5 professions nationally are in health care and include registered nurses, home health aides and personal care assistants. Job growth for personal care aides and home health workers is also in the top 2 occupations expected to have the fastest overall job growth through 2020 - growing from  69% to 70.5%.

Some growth is in the professional services industry that may be a little low on that pay range, but that doesn’t mean they’re not important (industries) to getting families back to work in this community, Horton Hobbs, vice president of economic development for the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce in Ohio, told the Springfield News Sun.

On average, registered nurses make approximately $28 per hour in Ohio, with home health aides making between $10 to $13 per hour.

In Washington, a new study released by the Columbia Willamette Workforce Collaborative found that the health care industry is expected to grow at twice the rate of the national average, creating 5.6 million jobs by the end of the decade, and not just for people looking for a career in nursing.

The report found that the occupations projected to have the most job openings over the next 5 years in the state also include medical office administration, coding and billing and certified nursing assistant postions.

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