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Media Advisory: Hot Jobs For The Next Decade

Posted Jan, 6, 2010

As America experiences the worst recession since the Great Depression and Ohio’s unemployment rate is at 10.6 percent, those who are considering careers or retraining and switching careers should look at a growing industry with many opportunities in our own backyard: health care.

Jobs in health care have been identified as hot jobs for the next decade. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the top occupation that it expects will provide the greatest number of new jobs in the next 10 years is registered nurse. U.S. News compiled a list of 50 best careers of 2010, which also includes nursing, an occupation that has grown throughout the recession. U.S. News also lists biomedical engineer as the fastest-growing occupation with a 72 percent growth rate, X-ray technician, lab technician, physical therapy, and medical and public health social worker.

Northeast Ohio has many hospitals and health care organizations that employ thousands of people in the region, most notably the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals and Summa Health System. The importance of health care has also taken center stage with H1N1 and seasonal flu, highlighting how a health issue can cause a strain on economic resources as well as affect people’s health.

Kent State University has been preparing for the health care needs of Ohio and the nation with its College of Nursing and newly created College of Public Health.

• Kent State’s College of Nursing is the fifth-largest nursing school in the country in terms of enrollment. The college provides comprehensive programs of study on the Kent State’s eight campuses, including entry-level associate and baccalaureate nursing degree programs, licensed practical nurse and registered nurse completion programs, a Master of Science in Nursing, post-graduate certificate programs, and a doctorate in nursing program.

• Kent State’s College of Public Health is Ohio’s second college of public health and the only one in the state that offers a bachelor’s of science (B.S.P.H.) degree in public health. The College of Public Health was established to help meet the demonstrated state and national need for public health professionals. In Ohio alone, the projected shortage of educated and trained public health professionals is estimated to be in excess of 10,000 workers by 2020.

Interviews are available with the following people who can discuss the need for health care workers; the skills, education and training required; and the opportunities available in this hot career field:

• Dr. Laura Dzurec, dean of the College of Nursing, Kent State University
• Ken Slenkovich, assistant dean of the College of Public Health, Kent State University

To schedule an interview or for more information, contact Emily Vincent at evincen2@kent.edu or 330-672-8595.

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