The occupational outlook in the Greater Phoenix region is hot! As of January 2017, the Region’s unemployment rate was 4.5%, which is lower than the State of Arizona (5.0%) and the United States as a whole (4.8%) for the same period.
Greater Phoenix has made great strides to diversify its economy beyond leisure and hospitality, retail, and construction. The Region currently boasts being one of the fastest-growing in the nation in terms of Aerospace and Defense, Advanced Manufacturing, Finance, and Insurance.
And by a large margin, Health Care career opportunities in the Valley are exploding exponentially.
The West Valley Healthcare Career Expo focuses on bridging the gap between health care professionals and West Valley health care employers by bringing them together in one place.
More than a dozen employers will participate in the April 19 event at the Peoria Sports Complex, recruiting for a variety of occupations in health care, including:
Registered Nurse –There is a large demand for Registered Nurses (RNs) and the demand is expected to grow; the US Department of Labor projects 3,500 new positions created in Arizona each year for the next several years. Starting annual salary for a Registered Nurse is around $52,000. Many entry-level Registered Nurses can qualify with the equivalent of a two-year Associates Degree or through an accredited nursing school, though some medical facilities now require a four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).
Medical Assistant – A high occupational growth is expected in this field, with about 800 new positions added per year in Arizona for the next several years. Entry level annual salary averages around $23,500. Training can be completed in as little as 7 months, earning a Certified Medical Assistant certification.
Nursing Assistant –About 1,000 new positions are expected to be added in Arizona each year for the next several years, with an entry level annual salary of about $21,500 (well above the national average). Training for a CNA requires a high school diploma or equivalent and 120 hours of training. Many health care workers use CNA training as an entry-level gateway to advancing in other health care career pathways.
Medical Billing and Coding –Arizona expects to add 300 new Medical Billers and Coders per year for the next several years, with an entry-level average annual salary around $25,000. Most commonly, Medical Billers and Coders qualify with some college or an Associate’s Degree, along with specific certification training.
Caregiving –Caregiving is also another avenue to other healthcare careers, requiring only a high school diploma or equivalent. Because of the huge demand, many home health agencies will provide paid training. The US Department of Labor expects over 800 new positions per year in Arizona. The wages for Caregivers are on the low-end, often just slightly above minimum wage and are affected by the State Prop 206 Minimum Wage requirements.
In addition to these and other clinical positons, employers will also recruit for non-clinical positions such as environmental services, IT, business support, finance and accounting, and food service. Positions may be full time or part time, with competitive wages and benefits.
Literally, there will be positions that appeal to just about every applicant.
Plan to attend the April 19 West Valley Healthcare Career Expo!