most in-demand jobs healthcare.

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Breakthroughs in science, technology and information management, coupled with the aging baby boomer population, has increased the demand for healthcare support workers to meet today’s needs.

top in-demand healthcare jobs

1. ER nurse

job description: An emergency room nurse treats and provides general nursing care to patients in emergency care unit of the hospital, infirmary or similar healthcare facility. Readies equipment and aids physician during treatments and examinations of patients. Administers prescribed medications and treatments in accordance with approved nursing techniques. Requires RN license.

skills or certifications needed: patient care, treatment planning, advanced cardiac life support, CPR, acute care, case management, teamwork, communication skills,

average salary: $36.41/hour

low: $31.29/hour

high: $41.43/hour

skills or certifications needed:

  • patient care
  • treatment planning
  • advanced cardiac life support
  • CPR
  • acute care

2. OR nurse

job description: An operating room nurse provides nursing assistance to surgical team during surgical procedures. Assures that all equipment is sterilized and inventoried prior to operation. Aids surgical personnel by passing items to them during procedure as directed. Records required details of operation in patient records during time in operating room, including fluids and narcotics administered to patient. Requires RN license.

skills or certifications needed: patient care, treatment planning, advanced cardiac life support, CPR, acute care, case management, teamwork, communication skills,

average salary: $36.74/hour

low: $31.59/hour

high: $41.99/hour

skills or certifications needed:

  • patient care
  • treatment planning
  • advanced cardiac life support
  • CPR
  • acute care

3. pharmacist

job description: A pharmacist dispenses and compounds prescribed medications, drugs and other pharmaceuticals for patient care, according to professional standards and state and federal legal requirements. Reviews prescriptions issued by physician or other authorized prescriber. Assures accuracy and determines formulas and ingredients needed. Requires current Pharmacist license.

skills or certifications needed: license required, patient care, drug therapy, drug interaction, prescription review, patient safety, communication skills, personnel management

average salary: $61.36/hour

low: $53.52/hour

high: $68.37/hour

skills or certifications needed:

  • license required
  • patient care
  • drug therapy
  • drug interaction
  • prescription review

4. critical care nurse

job description: A critical care unit nurse treats and provides care to critical care unit patients in a hospital or similar health care facility. Readies equipment and aids physician during treatments and examinations of patients. Administers prescribed medications and treatments in accordance with approved nursing techniques. Observes patient, records significant conditions and reactions and notifies supervisor or physician of patient's condition and reaction to drugs, treatments and significant incidents. Requires RN license.

skills or certifications needed: critical care, patient care, treatment planning, advanced cardiac life support, CPR

average salary: $37.81/hour

low: $32.31/hour

high: $43.34/hour

skills or certifications needed:

  • critical care
  • patient care
  • treatment planning
  • advanced cardiac life support
  • CPR

5. surgical tech

job description: A surgical tech assists surgical team before, during and after surgery, maintaining a sterile environment. Places equipment and supplies in operating room and arranges instruments, according to instructions. Helps team members to place and position patient on table. Scrubs arms and hands and dons gown and gloves.

skills or certifications needed: certified surgical technologist, BLS, surgical technology, aseptic technique, sterile procedures, surgical instruments, surgical services, cleaning, organizational skills, teamwork

average salary: $21.83/hour

low: $18.69/hour

high: $24.47/hour

skills or certifications needed:

  • certified surgical technologist
  • BLS
  • surgical technology
  • aseptic technique
  • sterile procedures

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