Health care, special ed, electrical grid jobs may be hot in coming years
Good jobs are not falling out of the trees in 2009, but there are growth fields, according to M State--Wadena Dean of Academics Monty Johnson.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that within the next seven years, three of 10 jobs in the Untied States will be in health care or education.
Special Education teaching should see the most growth in the education field.
Some of the good news for job seekers is that America is aging and that is creating opportunities in the health industry.
Johnson sees nursing, medical transcription and coding as professions which will offer many jobs in the medical field in the years ahead.
Nursing is also a strong field in the health industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 587,000 new nursing jobs are projected in the next eight years.
There are opportunities for men and women in the nursing field because of the large number of baby boomers entering their retirement years.
Medical transcriptionists are also medical language specialists who prepare medical reports and documents to be placed in a patient's medical records.
Johnson's wife is a medical transcriptionist working for a hospital in Nebraska from her home in Wadena.
"They will basically transcribe what happened throughout the procedure," Johnson said. "My wife is working out of an Omaha hospital on voice recognition so basically the doctors will transcribe their report into a computer and the computer pumps out what it thinks the doctor is saying. Right now my wife's duty as a transcriptionist basically is more like an editor where she listens to the same document and edits bits and pieces that the computer might not be picking up on different dialects, different word usages, so that is the direction that is going."
Medical coding uses national coding systems to classify procedures and diagnoses related to treatment. The codes supply the information that is used in processing insurance claims.
"As [President] Obama looks at putting in electronic recording keeping throughout the entire country that industry is going to explode, there is no doubt about it."
Johnson also sees a great need for electrical line workers, who both construct and maintain power lines.
"The line grid that we have in the country now is based off individual power plants instead of a nationwide grid," said Johnson. "There is a big push right now and Obama is at the forefront of it too, it is a nationwide grid system that will tie everyone together."
Minnesota is already working on the grid,
according to Johnson, but the industry is aging and there is a need for younger bodies to put up the transmission lines.
"It sounds like it is going to happen as far as the infrastructure programs that Obama's team is trying to put together," Johnson said. "As that goes through there is going to be tremendous industry involved with the construction and implementation of interstate high transmission lines."
Energy programs are also on the rise.
"Green is the buzz word out there, our carpentry program, H-Back, electrical are looking to create more green type situations in their curriculum to prepare the workforce. It's not the old days where everything was standardized."