Secrets of the Job Hunt


Sunday, October 19, 2008

Informative Healthcare Jobs Website

Healthcare jobs continue to have one of the strongest growth rates in the nation. The problem is that the need for qualified professionals in this sector has now surpassed the number of available workers. Between educational programs not having the proper funding to train new medical workers and older members of the workforce retiring, employers simply can not fill many staff vacancies.

Hoping to better educated the public about the variety of healthcare job options out there, a new website geared toward California residents has been created. focuses on allied health jobs like pharmacy aides, medical secretaries, EMTs and health information technicians. Many times high school and college students who have yet to choose their majors only know about two options in the medical field; doctors and nurses. By getting this information to young adults in California, the state stands to greatly reduce the shortage of workers in this industry.

Phyllis Bushart, who is the executive vice president of COPE Health, which is one of the’s partners believes the website is crucial in addressing the state’s medical employment issues.

“I think we’re in almost a crisis situation in there is such an extreme need for registered nurses, respiratory therapists, clinical lab scientists, pharmacists and radiology technicians,” Bushart said.

She agrees with other experts who say this problem will only get worse as the population ages. As older workers retire and the portion of the population that is considered elderly increases, even more workers will be needed for healthcare jobs. is designed to steer people who are interested in the industry towards jobs that are in-line with their interest. It also allows users to see what the expected salary is for the medical jobs in question and lets the know what kind and how much education they will need. In addition to this valuable information it also helps users location on-the-job training, financial support and alerts them of openings that are near their area.

“It was a good opportunity for us to try and raise awareness,” said David Littlefield, who is the California Wellness Foundation’s communication officer. “The public wasn’t aware of the shortage.”

The CWF provided the grant money which was used to develop

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