Types of Hospital Jobs Available

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Hospital jobs are in high demand as are hospital workers. Hospitals hire all levels and types of professionals for both clinical and non-clinical hospital jobs. Clinical hospital jobs are those which provide direct patient care, such as nurses, doctors, or allied personnel. Non-clinical hospital jobs are administrative or management types of roles, which could include everything from the janitors to the executives and everyone in between.

Hospital Departments Where You May Find Jobs

Hospitals contain many different departments and profit centers, each of which is run almost as a separate business or entity within the facility. Each department provides many hospital job opportunities in a variety of interesting roles. Hospital departments may include:

  • Radiology/Imaging
  • Surgery
  • ICU - Intensive Care Unit
  • ER - Emergency Room
  • Labor & Delivery
  • Nursery
  • Cardiac Care
  • Cafeteria
  • Gift Shop
  • Lab
  • Pharmacy
  • NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Morgue

Clinical Jobs

Some examples of clinical hospital jobs available:

  • Physician (ER doctors, surgeons, hospitalists)
  • Nurse (CRNA, RN, LPN/LVN, CNS)
  • Techs (Radiology Tech, Ultrasound Tech, Surgical Tech)
  • Therapist (Physical Therapist, Radiation Therapist)
  • Medical Assistants
  • Pharmacists
  • Medical Lab Technologist
  • Dietician

Non-Clinical Jobs

Some examples of non-clinical hospital jobs:

  • Case manager/Social Worker
  • Accountants
  • Human Resources & Recruiting
  • Executives - CEO, CFO, CIO.
  • Information Technology
  • Administrative Assistants

What's to Like

If you like working with people, and being around a lot of other people, working in a hospital might be attractive to you. An average hospital has hundreds of employees, and with patients coming in and out on a daily basis, each day brings new challenges.

Also, because healthcare is such a growing industry, hospital jobs are relatively secure when compared to corporations which may be more volatile at times.

What's Not to Like

Hospitals are probably not the most progressive places to work. Other than medical technology, hospital environments don’t change much over the years. Also, hospital politics are an issue for some, although you will encounter some type of politics no matter where you work. Also, keep in mind that many very sick people come through the doors of the hospital, including those with infectious diseases and other serious conditions.

Where to Find Hospital Jobs

With thousands of hospitals in the United States, most people live within a reasonable commute of some type of hospital. Below are some resources to help you learn more about hospitals, and available hospital jobs:

  • www.allhospitaljobs.com - Provides a state by state listing of hospitals and their employment offices.
  • www.healthcaresource.com - Provides links to hospitals, organized by state, which are currently hiring.
  • www.jointcommission.org - The Joint Commission, also known as JCAHO, is responsible for accreditation of hospitals. This site describes how a hospital is graded and provides a wealth of information about the certification process as well as a list of accredited hospitals.
  • www.aha.org - American Hospital Association has over 5,000 hospital members and 37,000 individual members. The AHA site provides job listings, hospital news, research, and trends.

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