A Shot in the Arm for a Career in Nursing

by Tim O’Neill~

It’s funny how my new job has given me a new perspective on my old job.  Prior to becoming a regional labor market analyst with DEED, I was employed as a surgical support specialist at a Twin Cities hospital.  While I love what I’m doing now, our data show that pursuing a career pathway to nursing would have been an excellent decision!

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How to Search for Health Care Positions

by Denise Felder —

College students and workers looking for well-paying health care positions can use the trusted information in the Career Exploration and Student Success Toolkit, the Virtual Career Network, and the Job Seekers Guide in all stages of their job search. These three career exploration resources are produced by partners in the Health Professions Pathways (H2P) Project.

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Job Vacancies Show Further Evidence of Labor Market Recovery

by Oriane Casale

Second quarter 2013 job vacancy survey results support other evidence –  job growth, falling unemployment and strong Gross Domestic Product growth, for example – that the labor market has finally recovered from the Great Recession. At 72,570, the number of Minnesota vacancies was higher than any time since 2001, and the ratio of unemployed to job openings was down to 2.1 unemployed per vacancy.  This matches the ratio during second quarter 2007, just before the economy fell into recession and the unemployment rate spiked at the same time that hiring dropped off.  This ratio rose as high as 8.2 unemployed per vacancy during fourth quarter 2009, the peak of the recession as far as job seekers in Minnesota were concerned.


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Are Nursing Positions Hard to Fill?

by Alessia Leibert

Just over one in four RN vacancies were reported as “hard-to-fill,” based on a new employer survey on hiring difficulties in Minnesota.  Of these, a minority (18 percent) were hard-to-fill exclusively because candidates did not have the qualifications required. In this subset of vacancies, employers were generally lacking work experience in a specific role or industry as opposed to formal educational credentials.


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Massage Therapists: A Helping and Healing Career

by Rachel Vilsack

Massage therapists provide a service to enhance the physical and mental well-being of their clients. Massage therapists work in an array of settings, both private and public, such as private offices, spas, hospitals and fitness centers.  Some massage therapists also travel to clients’ homes or offices to provide therapy services. Most massage therapists blend techniques like Swedish massage, sports massage, deep tissue, acupressure, reflexology, and Shiatsu.


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