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Thursday January 24th 2019

Health Care Administrators Increasingly In Demand

Reports of a new health care technology company in the Midwest offer a preview of some of the healthcare careers that will be available in the coming years.

An Associated Press report this week noted that Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota was teaming up with its Nebraska counterpart to create the new company, CoreLink Administrative Solutions, which already has employees in Fargo and Omaha.

The company currently has about 100 employees and is expecting to hire 100 more in 2009, with an eye on lowering healthcare costs and providing more efficient services.

Many career reports focus on the need for nurses and other healthcare professionals who deal directly with patients. However, administrative positions in the healthcare industry are also projected to see more demand in the coming years.

For example, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that demands for health information and medical records specialists will grow by 18 percent through 2016, which is faster than average. The agency also cites a likely increase in demand for people who work as cancer registrars.

The BLS notes that about 40 percent of these jobs are in hospitals, while the rest range from physicians’ offices to home health care facilities.

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Immigrant Professionals Get A Hand From Nonprofit Group Find educational programs that match your needs

Many professionals who move to the United States from overseas can find themselves frustrated by an inability to pursue the advanced careers they led in their home countries. With that in mind, a nonprofit organization is lending them a hand.

This week, Northwestern University’s Medill Reports profiled Upwardly Global, an organization that helps foreign nationals resume their specialized careers.

The report cites information from the Migration Policy Institute showing that more than 1.3 million college-educated immigrants are currently underemployed in the U.S., resulting in a “waste of human capital” for about a fifth of the nation’s immigrants.

“They are shining stars back in their own countries, but they don’t have the cultural-specific knowledge to succeed here,” Paula Restropo of Upwardly Global told the news organization.
The article gives examples that include a former Russian physicist who now bags groceries in Chicago, and an Indonesian engineer who now works at a Starbucks.

To help the immigrants succeed, the group works with human resources managers in cities like Chicago and New York, and helps the workers learn the cultural skills and English language skills they will need to regain their careers in their new country. Many immigrant professionals must also navigate various procedures towards getting re-certified for their career fields in the United States.

Columnist: You’re Never Too Old For A New CareerTake your career to the next level, study at-home and earn your career diploma.

A columnist is reminded professionals that they’re never too old to try interesting new career options.

Kitty Schindler, 85, wrote about the topic this week after a previous column on nursing jobs drew comments from readers interested in the industry but concerned about being too old to start a new career.

Schindler noted that in her mid-fifties, she herself had actually started training as a nurse for special education schools, although she acknowledges that her prior experience in nursing helped pave the way for this transition.

She also has advice for a young man who majored in criminal justice but who is now more interested in a nursing career, suggesting that he check into options like forensic nursing, which focuses on treatment of crime victims and assisting law enforcement.

Many of Schindler’s readers were asking about the nursing profession, but she maintains that her advice applies to any older workers who are interested in pursuing a career change. In some cases, a career counselor could be an advisable option to assist with new job plans, especially those that involve a whole new industry.

“Be flexible. Be persistent. And don’t sell your own experience short,” advises Schindler.

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A Wisconsin woman is among many who have turned careers in cosmetology and similar jobs into their own successful small businesses.

This week, the Green Bay Press Gazette profiled Robin Smet, who started off studying to become a hairdresser, added new skills, and went on to open a small shop specializing in laser treatments, electrolysis, and other treatments.

“Our business is very diversified, which has really helped us in a tough economy. I don’t want to grow any bigger because now we’re just right,” Smet told the newspaper.
Smet is hardly alone among the many people who use their career skills as a path to self-employment.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects stead growth in Smet’s industry, cosmetology, with an expected 11 percent increase in demand for barbers and cosmetologists and a 34 percent jump in demand for skin care specialists. Demand for manicurists will also be strong, with a projected 28 percent increase. Part of this demand is said to be fueled by an increase in the number of day spas.

The BLS notes that about 46 percent of the people in this industry are self-employed.

Students Reminded That Manufacturing Is Still A Career OptionReview degree options from top internet schools.

The manufacturing industry has suffered from years of downturns across the country, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any career opportunities left for the future.

Wisconsin is reportedly one state working to give some high-school age students experience in the manufacturing industry along with diplomas at graduation, according to a recent Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report.

According to the newspaper, the “Second Chance” program is designed for students struggling in a traditional high school setting. The students reportedly spend two hours a day in classes and six hours a day working with adults in a local manufacturing plant.

The program is reportedly funded by local businesses, private donors, and local school systems, and is billed as a success because 90 percent of participants have graduated so far. Some of the students have reportedly been laid off by a couple of local plants and transferred to new ones before even graduating into the work force.

Another state that has recently taken steps to remind students that manufacturing opportunities can be part of their career plans is Massachusetts.

While traditional manufacturing jobs have declined considerably in most states, some areas, including Toledo, Ohio, are hoping to find new economic life as sources of parts and equipment for the renewable energy industry.

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