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ERIC Number: EJ943664
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1067-1803
Local Workforce Rx: Training Students to Meet the Needs of a Changing Health Care Job Market
Murray, Corey; Ullman, Ellen
Community College Journal, v81 n6 p26-31 Jun-Jul 2011
Those following recent employment trends have heard about the nursing shortage. A combination of increased demand and impending retirements means 1 million nurses will be needed in hospitals, homes, and medical facilities by 2018. That's good news for job seekers. But it is not just shortages in nursing. Allied health careers, including opportunities for technicians, hygienists, assistants, medical coders, and others, also are on the rise. Georgetown's Center on Education and the Workforce estimated in its landmark June 2010 "Help Wanted" report that the health care job sector added some 650,000 jobs during the recession and will continue to expand at a rapid pace for at least the next seven years. Though the number of health care jobs continues to grow, some say the vast majority of jobs will require at least an associate degree. Across the country, community colleges are positioning students to take advantage of these opportunities. From nurses and allied health professionals to hands-on training for first responders, the focus is on training future health care professionals to meet the needs of the local workforce. This article features some community colleges that are taking advantage of these opportunities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Florida; Illinois; Louisiana; New Jersey; Wisconsin