Report: Healthcare training in demand

Report: Healthcare training in demand
Report: Healthcare training in demand

A new survey of healthcare professionals in the state of West Virginia indicates that there is a need for more students who are trained in an array of healthcare-related skills, reports McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.

The report, which was issued jointly by the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education and the Governor's Office of Health Enhancement and Lifestyle Planning, found that qualified applicants with sufficient training were in demand for positions such as occupational therapy aides, physical therapy aides, respiratory therapy assistants and health information technology experts.

The paper also suggested that community colleges could help their students get ahead by offering programs in medical office management.

"The council is committed to preparing skilled employees needed by healthcare providers by staying abreast of the changing skills sets and identifying emerging occupations in the industry," said James Skidmore, the chancellor of the council.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field with the best employment outlook - out of those listed in the report - is health information technology, as jobs are expected to grow by 20 percent through 2018.

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