Medical Personnel Shortage: How This Vacuum Will Impact the Careers of Health Professionals

There’s been quite a bit of discussion lately about the shortage of medical personnel in many areas. This is both a problem and an opportunity. It’s certainly a problem for the healthcare industry and the patients who depend on it.

On the other hand, it’s an opportunity for people seeking careers that are highly in demand. Let’s see how the health professional vacuum is impacting this field and creating new possibilities for careers.

More Opportunities for Nurses

The nursing shortage is frequently discussed in the media and in any discussions of modern healthcare challenges. One aspect that’s not as well known is that there are now many diverse opportunities for nurses. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook,  in 2014 there were 2,751,000 Registered Nurses in the United States and in 2016 Registered Nurses earned an average of $68,450 per year. From 2014 through 2024 the number of Nurses is expected to increase by 16% resulting in 439,300 new nursing positions. This is much faster than average growth for all jobs projected. According to the BLS “Registered nurses usually take one of three education paths: a bachelor’s degree in nursing, an associate’s degree in nursing, or a diploma from an approved nursing program. Registered nurses also must be licensed.”

Pharmacy Technicians

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September Unemployment Rate Down

On Friday October 6th the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released their monthly employment survey results for the month of September. Every month the BLS conducts two surveys one contacts a sampling of households and the other collects data from businesses. Then they massage some of the numbers to “Seasonally Adjust” them and release them to the media.

According to the BLS, the current “Seasonally Adjusted” Unemployment Rate for September (released October 6th) is 4.2DOWN from 4.4% in August. The current “Unadjusted” rate is 4.1% down from 4.5% in August.

Seasonal adjustment provides something like a moving average leveling out the bumps due to normal seasonal variations. See: Unadjusted vs. Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rate for more information about Seasonal Adjustment.

According to the BLS Commissioner’s report for this month:

“The unemployment rate declined to 4.2 percent in September, and total nonfarm payroll employment changed little (-33,000), the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. A sharp employment decline in food services and drinking places and below-trend growth in some other industries likely reflected the impact of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. “

Seasonally Adj U-3 Unemployment Rate

See: Current Unemployment Rate Chart for more info.

In the very next paragraph, based on the Household Unemployment Survey, he said, “The unemployment rate decreased by 0.2 percentage point to 4.2 percent in September, and the number of unemployed persons declined by 331,000 to 6.8 million. Both measures were down over the year.

Declining unemployment means more jobs! So which is it 331,000 more jobs?  -33,000 fewer jobs? Or 340,000 more jobs? [Continue reading]

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5 Old-school Careers That Still Bring Success and Fulfillment


In a time when technology has such a strong presence, you may wonder if old-school careers still matter. While some of them have faded, plenty are still popular and can provide you with a fulfilling career. Teaching Although online schools and … [Continue reading]

How Much Should a Commute Influence Future Employment?

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There are many considerations to take into account when looking for a new job and salary is obviously a major factor since you need to be able to afford to live. Location is definitely another major consideration. When both of these factors are taken … [Continue reading]

Does a College Degree Really Lead to More Employment Opportunities?

College Doesn't Guarantee Success

Would-be college students today face many choices. They have questions about their majors, how to fit in at school, and yes, even whether or not a college degree is worth it. After all, students are graduating with more than $37,000 in student loan … [Continue reading]

Soaring Professions: 5 Career Fields That Have Secure Futures

How to Get a Teaching Job

The U.S. unemployment rate has been gradually declining, but good jobs are hard to come by for millions of Americans. When business setbacks occur, companies usually try to slash the payroll first, even if it means losing experienced workers. Skilled … [Continue reading]

Today’s Most In-Demand Medical Jobs

In-Demand Medical Jobs

One of the professional fields that continue to hire personnel at consistently high rates, despite economic downturns, is the medical profession. It is projected that by 2018, the opportunities for healthcare jobs will multiply by over 3 million. … [Continue reading]

August Unemployment Numbers

Employment Bubbles

The U.S.Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the August unemployment numbers today. The BLS Commissioner says: "Nonfarm payroll employment increased by 156,000 in August, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 4.4 percent. Job gains … [Continue reading]

4 Ways Small Businesses Are Changing Ancient POS Trends

POS System

As a business owner, it is important that you set up convenient payment options for your customers to use when buying your products or services. An inconvenient, stressful or untrustworthy payment process can result in lost sales and the likelihood … [Continue reading]