Health Care Careers in Nevada 2016-2017

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The Office of Statewide Initiatives and Nevada Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program based at the University of Nevada School of Medicine are pleased to present the third edition of Health Care Careers in Nevada. Over the past five years, nearly ten thousand copies of the guide have been distributed to students, parents, and educators in every school district in Nevada.

The 2016-2017 edition of Health Care Careers in Nevada contains current information on over 70 health care occupations in Nevada, including an overview of job requirements, Nevada employment outlook, and average salary data in Nevada for each occupation. The guide also provides a detailed inventory of educational certificates and degree programs in Nevada for each health occupation, as well as information on state boards responsible for licensing health professionals in Nevada.

Health Care Careers in Nevada is primarily targeted to middle school and high school students in Nevada interested in exploring careers in medicine, nursing, oral health, pharmacy, and other health care fields. The guide will also be of interest to parents of school-aged children and others interested in learning more about health care educational opportunities available to Nevada residents.

Over the past decade, the health services sector – hospitals, clinics, medical and dental practices, nursing homes, pharmacies, and other health providers – has been an economic mainstay as Nevada and the nation have recovered from the deepest recession since the Great Depression. In 2015 alone, the health care industry created nearly 450,000 jobs in the U.S., which is more than the 410,000 jobs the industry added in 2013 and 2014 combined.

Currently, 129,000 Nevadans – one in ten workers – are employed in the health services sector. Moreover, twenty of the fastest growing health care occupations in Nevada possess an average annual salary that exceeds the average of $42,310 for all occupations in the state.

In conclusion, health care jobs in Nevada continue to represent well-paying, recession-resistant employment for thousands of young Nevadans poised to enter the state’s workforce over the next decade. Many of these opportunities will only increase as a result of the growing demand for health care associated with population growth, an improving economy, and retirees relocating to the Silver State. Our hope is that the latest edition of Health Care Careers in Nevada can assist anyone interested in exploring such opportunities.