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Healthcare and Wellness

With an aging baby boomer generation, careers in the fields of healthcare and wellness continue to grow, and most of them require specific skills and certifications.  However, even though clinical and technical skills are essential, human skills are what will make you successful, such as the ability to work in a team, strong customer/patient service skills, and a demonstrated passion for your work.

According to the “Best Careers in 2012” reported by U.S. News & World Report, job growth in healthcare is expected to be much faster than average—the country is expected to add 582,000 new R.N. jobs by 2018, a growth rate of more than 22 percent, according to U.S. Labor Department projections. The greatest growth within the profession will be in physicians' offices. Also, there is a strong increase in the need for trained wellness practitioners such as exercise science, nutrition, personal and strength trainers.

Employment of interpreters and translators is projected to increase 22 percent between 2008 and 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations.

The U.S. Department of Labor projects that service-providing industries will increase 96 percent of the total job increase from 2008 to 2018, with health care and social assistance leading much of that increase, specifically physicians’ offices, home health care, services for elderly and persons with disabilities and nursing care facilities.  The demand for registered nurses (RN’s) and home health aides will add the most jobs.

Estrella Mountain Community College offers an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in nursing, which prepares graduates to take the national examination to become licensed as Registered Nurses (RN).  The AAS nursing degree program combines classroom, lab, simulation, and real world clinical experiences.  In addition to a solid foundation in math and science, including chemistry, microbiology, biology and anatomy and physiology, students study nursing science, pharmacology, psychology and more.

Through the SouthWest Skill Center, students can also complete a Nursing Assistant training program, which will prepare students to take the certification examination to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).  

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