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Explosion of Health Care Jobs

Phyllis Segal, vice president of Encore.org


New health care legislation and growth in the medical sector will cause "an explosion of opportunities" for people seeking encore careers, says Phyllis Segal, vice president of Encore.org, in "Health Care Offers Healthy Prospects for Second Careers" in The Washington Post.

Michelle Lee, chief executive of a medical staffing firm called STG International, tells Vickie Elmer, author of the article, "We are hiring clinicians, physicians, certified hiring assistants, medical coders, billers, all kinds of people." Lee notes that no background in the medical sector is necessary for many available jobs.

Lee's comments support a recent Encore.org report in which researchers predict many job opportunities suitable for older adults in health care, education, the environment and the nonprofit sector in general.

The health care sector has been booming despite the recession, adding 244,000 jobs in the past year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Among the most likely areas to look for work, say Lee and Segal, are government agencies and contractors, wellness and elder care, and nursing and patient care.

Read Vickie Elmer's article in The Washington Post.