Greg Alexander


Job seekers have endless opportunities in health care

Baltimore Sun, February 17, 2008

In these uncertain economic times, it may be frightening to consider switching careers or going to college to begin a new career; however, there are certain jobs that insiders say are “recession proof,” most of which are in health care. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, almost half the 30 fastest growing occupations are concentrated in health services. And while the critical nursing shortage garners a lot of headlines – and rightfully so – there are other fields that are experiencing significant shortages and, hence, provide great opportunities for job growth.

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What jobs are in special demand?

Baltimore Sun, January 13, 2008

Whether you’re looking to change careers, are graduating high school or college or re-entering the workforce after raising a family, everyone always wants to know where the jobs are. While some fields are a multi-year string of being in demand – nursing, information technology and pharmacy, to name a few – there are some other areas where those with the right education and experience can land jobs quickly.

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Don’t Sit There! Not all good jobs require you to work in an office

CareerFocus, Spring 2007

Do you hate the idea of sitting behind a desk all day? Would you rather get your hands dirty making something rather than pushing paper and staring at a computer screen? Do you wish there were good jobs out there that didn’t require four years of college?

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National defense fuels high-tech job growth

Baltimore Sun, September 17, 2006

The high-tech sector has been a leading outlet nationally for those seeking new employment or a career shift for many years, and job opportunities abound for those in the high-tech field here in the mid-Atlantic, too, especially with companies with government defense contracts.

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Providing comfort in difficult times

Baltimore Sun, July 16, 2006

In many areas of health care today, nurses and allied health professionals are not able to spend a great deal of quality time with patients due to the hectic environment and staff shortages, a frustrating fact of life for those who chose these career paths because they wanted to provide a healing touch and treasured the opportunity to bond with their patients. Luckily, there still is one facet of health care where the opportunity still presents itself to really take the time to get to know the patients and provide that personal touch.

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Computer jobs are still hot, hot, hot!

CareerFocus, Spring 2006

Decades ago, few people could have imagined how instrumental the computer would become in everyday lives. Whether working, shopping online or keeping in touch with friends and family via e-mail, computers are everywhere. As the computer’s importance has continued to grow so, too, has the increased need for those in the workforce who possess computer skills – regardless of the field or job sector. Computer careers – graphic design, programming, software engineering, Web design and others – have enjoyed a surge in demand unparalleled in the workforce. But with the economic changes and the outsourcing of jobs overseas, are computer careers still a sure thing?

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Breath of fresh air for job seekers

Baltimore Sun, February 12, 2006

Job opportunities in healthcare abound in an array of fields – nursing, medical technology, pharmacy, biotechnology, radiology, among others. However, there’s another healthcare field that may not garner as much press as others, but insiders say is a hot field that job seekers should definitely consider – respiratory therapy.

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Opportunities abound in the dental field

Baltimore Sun, October 2004

There are several professions in health care – nursing in particular – whose staffing shortages have made their way into newspaper headlines and on television news broadcasts. As critical as these shortages are, their prominence in the media has possibly overshadowed other fields that face similar crucial shortages in the workforce. The dental field, for example, faces critical shortages in many areas, so for those looking for a new career with flexible schedules, good pay and opportunities for advancement, look no further than your family dentist office.

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Illustrating the beauty of the human body

Baltimore Sun, April 2004

In order to become physicians and surgeons, medical school students endure stringent exams, hands-on learning and endless hours of reading and studying volumes upon volumes of thick textbooks. These enormous books are filled with foreign terminology and detailed illustrations and figures detailing the human anatomy and complex surgical procedures that can mean the difference between life and death in the operating room.

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Medical lab techs in high demand

Baltimore Sun, March 2004

“There’s a severe national shortage of medical laboratory technicians. The demand for laboratory testing is great, and it will only increase as Americans continue to live longer and the Baby Boomer generation transitions to the age when increased medical attention is necessary,” warns Vivi-Anne Griffey, program director of the medical laboratory technology program at Villa Julie College. Griffey notes that a recent Bureau of Labor Statistics study revealed the need for an average of 13,000 medical lab techs (MLTs) to enter the workforce each year through 2010 for health care facilities to keep pace.

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School and hospitals team up to battle nursing shortage

Baltimore Sun, August 2003

“We need to focus our collective attention — both academic faculty and health care institutions — on the nursing shortage crisis; otherwise, we face a public health disaster,” says Barbara Heller, Ed.D., R.N., executive director of the University of Maryland Center for Health Workforce Development. Strong words indeed, but the statistics support Heller’s statement.

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Games people play

Baltimore Sun, May 2003

Unfortunately, not many people have the wonderful opportunity to go to work every day and do something they love — something they enjoy doing at work as well during their personal free time. However, due to innovative programs at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and through a partnership between The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) and the University of Baltimore, game enthusiasts are making a career out of a hobby they love.

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