HARRISBURG PA – Middle and high school students considering careers in health care may want to look into eight being touted by Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell as “professional opportunities that will be in great demand.”
The eight are dental assistants, dental hygienists, medical and clinical laboratory technologists, medical and clinical laboratory technicians, pharmacists, physical therapists, radiological technicians, and respiratory therapists. They’re expected to generate about 70,000 jobs in the state by 2014, according to a report released earlier this year.
Health care careers currently account for more than 500,000 of the nearly 5.8 million jobs in the commonwealth. Health Careers Week, sponsored by the state Department of Labor and Industry, began Monday (Nov. 10, 2008).