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Healthcare Services

Healthcare Services positions will continue to increase in demand by employers in northwest Ohio and the United States as the baby boomer population reaches retirement age. There are a variety of middle income occupations in the medical field that do not require a lengthy training time. However, most of the occupations require great attention to detail and require the use of the latest technology. Potential occupations include medical assistant, health information technologist, nurses, pharmacy technicians, and emergency medical technicians.

Job Outlook for Registered Nurses from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will occur for a number of reasons.

Demand for healthcare services will increase because of the aging population, since older people typically have more medical problems than younger people. Nurses also will be needed to educate and to care for patients with various chronic conditions, such as arthritis, dementia, diabetes, and obesity. In addition, the number of individuals who have access to healthcare services will increase, as a result of federal health insurance reform. More nurses will be needed to care for these patients.

The financial pressure on hospitals to discharge patients as soon as possible may result in more people admitted to long-term care facilities, outpatient care centers, and greater need for home healthcare. Job growth is expected in facilities that provide long-term rehabilitation for stroke and head injury patients, as well as facilities that treat people with Alzheimer’s disease. In addition, because many older people prefer to be treated at home or in residential care facilities, registered nurses will be in demand in those settings.

Growth is also expected to be faster than average in outpatient care centers where patients do not stay overnight, such as those that provide same-day chemotherapy, rehabilitation, and surgery. In addition, an increased number of procedures, as well as more sophisticated procedures previously done only in hospitals, are performed in ambulatory care settings and physicians’ offices.

For more information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics!

Are you a good fit for a career in Healthcare Services?

Skills required will vary by the specialty selected. Click on the links below to learn more about the specific skills required for each career choice. Successful professionals in this field have many of the following skills:

  • Active Listening – Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Social Perceptiveness – Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Service Orientation – Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Speaking – Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Coordination – Adjusting actions in relation to others’ actions.
  • Critical Thinking – Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension – Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Judgment and Decision Making – Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Monitoring – Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Writing – Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Active Learning – Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Complex Problem Solving – Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Instructing – Teaching others how to do something.
  • Learning Strategies – Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Persuasion – Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
  • Time Management – Managing one’s own time and the time of others.


Find out more about the Healthcare Services career choices offered through Ready to Work

 Registered Nurse (RN)    Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)     Pharmacy Technician     Medical Assistant     Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)     Health Information Technicians (Medical Billing)

Don’t see a career choice that interests you in this field? Ask your career coach if another option could be covered under Ready to Work.