Health Care Industry

Health Care Industry

The health care industry, including doctors, nurses, insurance agents, home health aides, and allied health care workers, accounts for one-sixth of the U.S. economy, making it the largest industrial sector in the United States.

What to Look For

As you begin your health care career and apply for jobs, consider the work environment, the size of the organization, its status as a profit or non-profit institute (pay scale can be less at a non-profit), benefits, requirements for mandatory overtime, and typical working hours.

The health care income ranges posted by the American Medical Association lists some of the better known allied health specialties.

Ways to look for jobs include:

  • your school's career development office
  • websites for professional associations; hospitals, laboratories, and medical centers; medically-based staffing agencies and recruiters; general health-related sites; and career websites (look for ones geared toward health or medical professions)
  • state and federal government websites
  • Monster.com

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