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Health Care Industry Jobs on the Rise in Washington

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Job opportunities in the health care industry are growing quickly across the nation and in Washington.

At a time when many people are struggling with unemployment, health care is proving to be the industry to turn to for job openings.

One employment adviser says if you have the qualifications to be in the health care field, it is virtually impossible not to get a job right now.

"Certainly it will be a job that is stable. It's going to be a job that is needed," said Phyllis Morris, Director of Washington State University Tri-Cities Nursing School.

Health care jobs are on the rise. Nursing students at Washington State University Tri-cities will not be on the job hunt long.

Morris says about 95% of the college's nursing grads find a job within six months to a year.

"Tri-City area, especially Benton and Franklin Counties, are designated medically under served, which means we don't have enough health care professionals available for the population that we have," Morris said.

As baby boomers age and more people are choosing to retire here, the health care need continues to grow.

The expansion of health care facilities and services in our area also contributes to the demand.

"The person who is inclined and has the aptitude for this type of work is probably, I think it would not be an overstatement to call it a boom-time," said Cos Edwards, CEO of WorkSource.

Edwards says WorkSource's website currently has nearly 100 job postings in the health care field

"Once a person has that background, those experiences, they're finding a fairly wide set of options in terms of job opportunities," Edwards said.

The latest monthly jobs report shows that 45,000 health care jobs were added in the U.S. in December alone.

Studies project the industry will grow by 5.6 million jobs between 2010 and 2020. That is more than any other industry.

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