Posted January 12, 2010 by

Top 10 Nashville Medical Jobs

If you’re considering a career in healthcare, there are plenty of options when it comes to Nashville medical jobs.
Nationwide, the healthcare industry is one of the few that has managed to continue adding jobs, despite the economic recession. In addition, the industry is expected to continue to grow during the near future.
The Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin area’s education and health services industry employed 112,800 workers during November 2009, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is up from 112,400 workers during October and a .7 percent increase from November 2008.
Throughout Tennessee, there are a variety of healthcare careers to choose from.
The careers projected to have the highest employment during 2014, according to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, include:

  1. Registered nurses – It is expected there will be 64,780 of these workers by 2014. They assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans and maintain medical records.
  2. Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses – It is expected there will be 26,250 of these workers by 2014. They care for ill, injured, convalescent or disabled persons in hospitals, nursing facilities, clinics and private or group homes. Many work under the supervision of a registered nurse.
  3. Pharmacists – It is expected there will be 6,350 of these workers by 2014. They dispense drugs prescribed by physicians and other health practitioners, advise patients on interactions and side effect, and provide information about drug use.
  4. Radiologic technologists and technicians – It is expected there will be 5,590 of these workers by 2014. They take X-rays and CAT scans or administer non-radioactive materials into a patient’s blood stream for diagnostic purposes.
  5. Medical and clinical laboratory technicians – It is expected there will be 5,520 of these workers by 2014. They perform routine medical laboratory tests for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease. Many work under the supervision of a medical technologist.
  6. Medical and clinical laboratory technologists – It is expected there will be 4,860 of these workers by 2014. They perform complex medical laboratory tests for diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease. They may train or supervise staff.
  7. Dental hygienists – It is expected there will be 3,740 of these workers by 2014. They clean teeth and examine oral areas, the head and neck for signs of oral disease. They also may educate patients on oral hygiene, take and develop X-rays or apply fluoride and sealants.
  8. Family and general practitioners – It is expected there will be 3,201 of these workers by 2014. They diagnose, treat and help prevent disease and injuries that commonly occur in the general population.
  9. Surgical technologists – It is expected there will be 2,970 of these workers by 2014. They assist in operations, help set up the operating room, prepare and transport patients. They work under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses or other surgical personnel.
  10. Physical therapist assistants – It is expected there will be 2,800 of these workers by 2014. They assist physical therapists in providing treatments and procedures and may help develop treatment plans, carry out routine functions, document progress and modify specific treatments.
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