Workforce Wednesday: Careers in health care
According to the Alaska Department of Labor, the number of Alaskans older than 65 years old will increase by 79 percent by the year 2022. This means from nurses and doctors to EMTs and physical therapists, the need for workers in Alaska’s healthcare industry is only expected to grow.
One option to kickstart your career is one of Alaska’s Area Health Education Centers. They’re based in Anchorage, with regional centers throughout the state.
Gloria Burnett, the director of Alaska’s Area Health Education Centers, joined Daybreak Wednesday to share how statewide programs can help people get into the industry.
“We’re a pipeline program and we’re a statewide program, so even in rural communities we provide opportunities through outreach presentations — job shadows, intensive summer camps, really just hands on experiences to engage people of all ages in health care careers,” Burnett said. “The really neat thing about our program is you can take part in these experiences in your community, in your rural community. So you can job shadow practitioners within your home.”
Interested? Contact Martha Peck, the outreach and education coordinator with Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium, at 907-770-5250.