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Healthy Growth Rate in Illinois for Healthcare Jobs

Posted on July 17, 2008

Those seeking Illinois healthcare jobs should be faced with many open positions in the coming years.

Occupations involved with the health services industry include:

  • registered nurses 4,024 annual openings at a median salary of $52,394
  • nursing aides, orderlies and attendants with 1,686 annual openings at a median salary of $20,581
  • licensed practical nurses with 749 annual openings at a median salary of $35,677
  • home health aides with 829 annual openings at a median salary of $20,280
  • dental assistants with 782 annual openings at a median salary of $29,927
  • pharmacists with 509 annual openings at a median salary of $88,718
  • emergency medical technicians and paramedics with 378 annual openings at a median salary of $26,769
  • pharmacy technicians with 441 annual openings at a median salary of $23,665
  • medical and clinical laboratory technologists with 389 annual openings at a median salary of $45,203
  • medical records and health information technicians with 269 annual openings at a median salary of $25,875
  • medical and health services managers with 298 annual openings at a median salary of $65,537

According to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, the education and health services industry employed 791,700 people in May 2008, a 2 percent increase over the previous year.

There are many hospitals in the state, with Chicago serving as a diagnostic and treatment center for patients throughout the Midwest, according to city-data.com. There are 192 community facilities and 36,834 beds in Illinois.

In 2001, hospitals in the state recorded 1,559,357 admissions, and there were 190,746 total full-time personnel, including 44,900 full-time registered nurses and 3,339 full-time licensed practical nurses. In 2000, the state had 285 physicians per 100,000 people.

The average expense to hospitals for care provided in 2001 was $1,446.50 per inpatient day. Federal government grants to cover Medicare and Medicaid services in 2001 totaled $4.4 billion, and 1,639,986 enrollees received Medicare benefits.

According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security Guide to Career Choices, overall employment growth in the health services industry is expected to increase faster than the statewide average through 2014.

“As the overall population ages, there will be an increasing demand for health services, especially home healthcare, nursing and residential care,” the report states. “Advances in medical technology will continue to improve the survival rate of severely ill and injured patients, who will then need extensive therapy and care. Also contributing to industry growth will be the shift from inpatient to less expensive outpatient care.”

It is expected the most annual job openings will be in the nursing sector, including registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and nursing aides. Fast growth also is expected for those in occupations outside the inpatient hospital sector, such as medical assistants and home health aides.

Medical and clinical laboratory technicians and medical records and health information technicians also are expected to be in high demand. The report notes job-seekers with health-specific training will have an easier time obtaining jobs and advancing in their careers in the industry.

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