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Find healthcare occupation summaries and links to additional resources to support your exploration of careers in healthcare. From casting your net wide in evaluating possibilities to walking into your first day on the job in your chosen profession, there's a lot in between!
Learn about many of the healthcare occupations in high demand in Oregon. The State of Oregon defines high-demand occupations as having more than the median number of total job openings statewide or for a particular region. Some only need months of training; others take years. Many rely heavily on the sciences, but some professions emphasize other areas. How do you know if a particular career is for you? By using techniques such as self-assessment, job shadowing, volunteering, work experience and informational interviews, you can find your path. You can also make use of the counseling services at your school and find a mentor to help you realize your dream!
Why are healthcare workers in such demand? As a state and a nation, we are in the midst of a healthcare workforce shortage. The main drivers of this crisis are a growing population, retirement of healthcare providers, and a growing elderly population. Additionally, as health reform sweeps the country more residents will be insured, increasing the need for healthcare providers. Developments in technology and science also play a part in the growing need for providers as people live longer and treatment options expand. All of this amounts to fewer healthcare providers for more patients, and the gap keeps widening. The Oregon Employment Department (OED) reports that Oregon is expected to have over 76,000 healthcare job openings between 2010 and 2020. Three of the top ten sectors forecast to add the most jobs in Oregon are in healthcare:
- ambulatory healthcare
- nursing and residential care
There's a great amount of support available financial, moral and practical in kicking off and completing your career path. Whatever healthcare profession you are interested in, they all have one common concern and responsibility: the patient. As a healthcare professional, you will be a valuable member of your team.
Let's get started! Explore the following in-demand health care occupations:
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