When most people think of healthcare staffing, the first locations that come to mind are physician offices and community hospitals. Certainly, these types of healthcare organizations are regularly in need of qualified doctors, nurses, therapists, lab techs and other professionals. But that’s just the start of the career opportunities now available in the healthcare field.
Today, qualified professionals are needed at every point on the continuum of care, including pediatric clinics, adolescent counseling centers, senior living facilities and specialized treatment providers. For example, nursing homes and assisted living facilities like to hire healthcare professionals who enjoy working with their residents on an ongoing basis. Unlike a hospital or physician office where the patient population changes every day, an assisted living facility may house the same residents for months or years at a time. That’s an important consideration for nurses, therapists and other professionals who would like to build long-term relationships with facility residents.
Another option is going to work in the home care sector, which continues to be one of the fastest growing areas of the healthcare industry. Since home care is typically much less expensive than acute hospital care or 24/7 residential care, staffing demand is expected to increase substantially over the next decade. Greater independence and flexibility in scheduling are among the advantages of a position in home care. So if you’re looking at the next step in your healthcare career, be sure to consider the many types of professional opportunities before making a decision.