Health care industries have three major employment subsectors: Ambulatory Health Care, Hospitals, Nursing and Residential Care.
Ambulatory health care includes most doctors’ offices; outpatient care services, such as dialysis centers; offsite medical labs; home health care services; blood banks; and ambulance transportation. Ambulatory health care has had the strongest job growth of any of the three health care subsectors. The most prevalent occupations in this subsector: Registered Nurses, Home Health Aides, Medical Assistants, Dental Assistants, Receptionists and Information Clerks, Billing & Posting Clerks, Licensed Practical & Licensed Vocational Nurses, Dental Hygienists.
Hospitals: this subsector includes most general medical and surgical hospitals, both public and private, along with psychiatric, children’s, and other specialty hospitals. The most prevalent occupations in this subsector: Registered Nurses, Medical Secretaries, Radiologic Technologists and Technicians, Respiratory Therapists, Medical and Health Services Managers, Healthcare Support Workers, Medical Records Technicians, Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians, Surgical Technologists.
Nursing and Residential Care: this subsector includes a wide number of long-term care facilities, such as substance abuse rehabilitation, nursing homes, residential mental health facilities, or even homes for delinquent children. Average weekly wages are still the lowest of the three health care subsectors. The most prevalent occupations in this subsector: Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants, Licensed Practical & Licensed Vocational Nurses, Home Health Aides, Registered Nurses, Personal and Home Care Aides, Recreation Workers, Medical and Public Health Social Workers.