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What is Healthcare?

Advances in medical technology and an aging society are both increasing the need for health care in the United States. The entire nation has been dealing with a shortage in registered nurses and other types of health care workers for a long time. There just are not enough. The increasing population aged older than 55 years will only increase the need. Health care also provides for a mix of occupations at all levels of education, from high school graduates up to some of the most highly trained – and paid – professionals in the work force.

What Types of Health Care Companies Are in Northwest Indiana?

Offices of Doctors, Dentists, and Other Health Care Practitioners

Doctors, dentists, and other health care professionals employ almost 7,000 people in Northwest Indiana and are make up one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy. Physicians, as doctors are sometimes called, may work alone or with partners that share similar skills or specialties. For example, some Ear, Nose, and Throat physicians may open up an office or share space at a larger health care facility. Offices like these hire many Medical Assistants, Registered Nurses, and Medical Secretaries as well as receptionists and other types of general office workers.

Hospitals

Hospitals are some of the largest employers in Northwest Indiana and home to many Registered Nurses, Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants, and other types of medical care workers. Many specialized types of nurses and technicians also work at hospitals. Most of these facilities are divided into an emergency room, operating rooms, birthing areas, pharmacies, and other specialized wings. Some hospitals in the area even have laboratories for testing and diagnosing patients. Some of the most advanced health care technology can be found at hospitals and require people with training and skills to operate the cutting-edge and life-saving equipment.

Nursing and Residential Care Facilities

Nursing and residential care facilities provide care to patients that live in-house or nearby, together with nursing, supervision, or other services as needed by the clients. The buildings themselves are a major part of the business, where many of the clients live and spend much of their time. A mix of health and social services are provided to the residents. Much of the staff is dedicated to taking care of the patients in their daily lives in a hand-on and compassionate way.

Social Assistance

Businesses in the social services provide a wide variety of direct care to clients. Some examples include child and youth services, services for the elderly and persons with disabilities, individual and family services, community, housing, and many other types of care and counseling. Clients can be infants, the elderly, or anywhere in between. Like much of the rest of the health care field, the work requires direct care and interaction with people. Some of the most common careers in this field include child care workers, preschool teachers, and personal and home care aides.

Career Ladders

Why a Career Ladder?

A Career Ladder is a family of related jobs. You may be in one job along the Career Ladder for a few months or years. In order to move up, you will need on-the-job training and experience, formal education (in a classroom), or a combination of both.

Use the tabs above to navigate the career ladder. Each tab contains a couple of jobs that are typical for that rung on the ladder. Click on the job title to read about how much you can earn, what type of education you need, and more. Then, move on to the next tab to see what future jobs are possible with the right experience and training. Each job description has links to great websites you can use to learn more or even begin your job search today.

What is this career?

Like a lot of careers in the healthcare industry, the aging society should increase the demand for Home Health Aides.  They provide routine, personal healthcare, often to the elderly or disabled.  Most often, they work in the patient's home or in a residential care facility.

Source: This description is based on information from O*NET, which is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration

What kind of education will I need?

Short-Term On-The-Job Training

How much can I earn?

Entry Level: $8.34/hour or $17,340/year

Median: $9.40/hour or $19,560/year

Experienced: $10.64/hour or $22,130/year

Note: Wage data for the state of Indiana in 2006

Source: OES Wage Unit

What is the future for this career?

There should be excellent job opportunities for Home Health Aides due to rapid employment growth and the need to replace a large number of workers that leave the field.  It can be a demanding job, but rewarding.  It is certainly a career choice that is in demand.

Source: Based on information from the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

Where can I find more information?

www.careeronestop.org

Where can I find a job?

www.indianacareerconnect.com

 

What is this career?

Nurse Aides (also known as orderlies or attendants) provide basic patient care under the dircetion of the nursing staff.  They perform a variety of duties, such as feeding, bathing, dressing, grooming, moving patients, or changing linens.

Source: This description is based on information from O*NET, which is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration

What kind of education will I need?

Short-Term On-The-Job Training

How much can I earn?

Entry Level: $9.12/hour or $18,970/year

Median: $10.36/hour or $21,550/year

Experienced: $11.87/hour or $24,680/year

Note: Wage data for the state of Indiana in 2006
Source: OES Wage Unit

What is the future for this career?

Like Home Health Aides, Nurse Aides are also in high demand.  It is a career field that deals with a lot of turnover and increased demand.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

Where can I find more information?

www.careeronestop.org

Where can I find a job?

www.indianacareerconnect.com

 

What is this career?

Working alongside physicians, Medical Assistants perform administrative and some clinical duties.  They are responsible for a variety of duties, including scheduling, medical records, billing, and coding for insurance purposes.  Their clinical duties may include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examinations, drawing blood, and administering medications directed by a physician.

Source: This description is based on information from O*NET, which is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration

What kind of education will I need?

1- to 2-year Education Program or Moderate-Term On-The-Job Training

How much can I earn?

Entry Level: $10.42/hour or $21,670/year

Median: $12.08/hour or $25,120/year

Experienced: $13.89/hour or $28,900/year

Note: Wage data for the state of Indiana in 2006
Source: OES Wage Unit

What is the future for this career?

Employment growth for Medical Assistants is expected to be much greater than average and should be among the fastest-growing occupations in the country.  There should be an excellent number of opportunities to get into this career.

Source: Based on information from the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Where can I find more information?

www.careeronestop.org

Where can I find a job?

www.indianacareerconnect.com

 

What is this career?

Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT's) assess injuries, administer emergency medical care, and rescue people after an accident or injury.  They also transport injured or sick persons to hospitals.

Source: This description is based on information from O*NET, which is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration

What kind of education will I need?

1- to 2- Year Training Program and/or Associate's Degree

How much can I earn?

Entry Level: $10.22/hour or $21,250/year

Median: $12.90/hour or $26,830/year

Experienced: $16.53/hour or $34,380/year

Note: Wage data for the state of Indiana in 2006
Source: OES Wage Unit

What is the future for this career?

Employment Growth for EMT's should be excellent and much faster than the average for all occupations.  Opportunities should be best in cities and larger towns.  Private ambulance services are making up a larger share of the work and should provide a lot of job prospects.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

Where can I find more information?

www.careeronestop.org

Where can I find a job?

www.indianacareerconnect.com

 

What is this career?

Surgical Technicians assist during an operation and work under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, or other surgical professionals.  They May help set up an operating room, prepare and transport that patient for surgery, adjust lights and equipment, pass instruments and other supplies to surgeons and surgeon's assistants, hold retractors, cut sutures, and help keep track of sponges, needles, supplies, and other instruments.

Source: This description is based on information from O*NET, which is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration

What kind of education will I need?

9- to 24-Month Training Program and/or Associate's Degree

How much can I earn?

Entry Level: $15.11/hour or $31,440/year

Median: $17.24/hour or $35,860/year

Experienced: $19.96/hour or $41,520/year

Note: Wage data for the state of Indiana in 2006
Source: OES Wage Unit

What is the future for this career?

Employment Growth for Surgical Technologists and Technicians is expected to be much faster than average.  There should be plenty of job prospects in this fast-growing career.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

Where can I find more information?

www.careeronestop.org

Where can I find a job?

www.indianacareerconnect.com

 

What is this career?

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN's) care for ill, injured, or disabled persons in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, private homes, group homes, or similar settings.  They may work under the supervision of a registered nurse.

Source: This description is based on information from O*NET, which is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration

What kind of education will I need?

1-Year Training Program and Licensing

How much can I earn?

Entry Level: $15.00/hour or $31,190/year

Median: $17.00/hour or $35,370/year

Experienced: $19.37/hour or $40,300/year

Note: Wage data for the state of Indiana in 2006
Source: OES Wage Unit

What is the future for this career?

Employment growth for LPN's is expected to be greater than average when compared to all occupations.  Prospects should be best in nursing homes and home health care agencies while positions at hospitals will not be as easy to access.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

Where can I find more information?

www.careeronestop.org

Where can I find a job?

www.indianacareerconnect.com

 

What is this career?

Registered Nurses (RN's) are the real "front-line" workers in the Healthcare Industry.  Their main function is to asses a patient's health problems and needs, develop and implement a nursing care plan, and maintain medical records.  They are responsible for communicating with patients on health issues, disease prevention, or case management.  RN is a broad term applied to many different types of healthcare professionals.  The basic RN degree can be attained in two years, or you can earn more advanced degrees at the Bachelor's and Master's level.

Source: This description is based on information from O*NET, which is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration

What kind of education will I need?

Associate's Degree or Higher

How much can I earn?

Entry Level: $20.82/hour or $43,300/year

Median: $24.90/hour or $51,800/year

Experienced: $28.83/hour or $59,960/year

Note: Wage data for the state of Indiana in 2006
Source: OES Wage Unit

What is the future for this career?

Overall job opportunities for Registered Nurses is expected to be excellent.  There are very many RN's and several specialties, so there should be plenty of job openings due to replacement.  In addition, there should be a lot of new positions created to deal with increased demand for healthcare services.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

Where can I find more information?

www.careeronestop.org

Where can I find a job?

www.indianacareerconnect.com