What Type Of Nurse Will You Be?

Although the recession has claimed millions of American jobs in 2009, the healthcare industry has a strong heartbeat. With the baby-boomers moving into retirement (delayed) and needing additional health care services, the demand for healthcare professionals is much higher than the supply.

It is no secret that the healthcare industry is seeing a spike in employment; however, most people are overwhelmed at the vast array of possible occupations in the healthcare industry, become discouraged and seek employment (failing) elsewhere. Start with creating a professional nurse resume.

Here’s a brief guide to four of the most promising healthcare jobs and a bit of information to help you filter through the opportunities with greater ease.

Nurse Practitioner

With over 600 million visits to nurse practitioners every year, for a population of 300 million American it doesn’t take a skilled statistician to see the demand. Americans head to Nurse Practitioners for diagnosing, treatment and prescription of drugs in various setting such as schools, nursing homes, hospitals and clinics. They are a nurse on steroids who are registered nurses with additional state qualification licenses to meet requirements for the added responsibilities. The job-outlook for Nurse Practitioners is high due to the fact that the costs for their services are much lower than a physician.

Nurse Anesthetist

Skilled with a needle, a Nurse Anesthetist provides anesthesia and pain management services to patients. Equipped with a nursing degree, anesthetists complete an additional three years of training to safely administer patients with anesthesia sans the company of a doctor. Average salaries range from $100,000 to $150,000 per year – a very attractive salary.

Medical Record Coder

So you are interested in the field of Health Care but not really interested in needles, blood, guts and trauma, the career path of Medical Record Coder may be a good fit. These employees are responsible for coding patient’s’ records to bill insurance companies and/or programs such as Medicare. This is a more attractive career path for job-seekers not willing to commit to a 4-8 years in school; the job requires a two-year associate’s degree with some form of credentialing, which can be completed online.


For those with vampire tendencies, this job is for you. Phlebotomists are medical technicians that suck the blood from your veins for testing. The plus side is that the training can be completed in a semester to it’s a very attractive option for people with only limited education such as a GED or high-school diploma. The pay for this profession is high in relative terms to required training – most Phlebotomists make between $12-$15 per hour.