Layoffs, business closings and dismal financial forecasts dominate the news. Many once-strong economic sectors are in critical condition, yet the prognosis for the nursing job market is not only healthy, it's bright.
Nurses have skills and training that are in demand today and will be needed in the future, Georgia Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond said.
"Projections say that health care will continue to grow, primarily because of demographics," Thurmond said. "We're all getting older, living longer and [we are] going to need more health care services, and that's good security for health care workers."
Health care topped the list of growth industries nationally in 2008, adding 355,700 jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nurses make up the majority of that work force.
"Nursing is one of the most secure professions out there, and one that offers so many opportunities," said Anjalie Graham, a nursing student at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University.
The long term outlook for nurses got to be good , do you know how many millions of baby boomers there are getting into their 60s? That does not change the fact that the labor market is tight right now. Chances are that anyone just entering nursing school this year will come out into much better job prospects in four years. However, people graduating right now and perhaps for the next year or two may continue to have some problems. I have no stats to justify what I am saying, it is just living and working in the health care business for many years that taught me to be a good guesser. I was one of the few people that predicted another tight job market a year or two ago. People treated me like a mad woman at the time. Well I am making another prediction and that this thing(tight job market) will start to turn maybe as soon as six months, I certainly don't feel it will go longer than two to three years. Just a guess from a person who has made some pretty good educated guesses in the past.
Last edit by oramar on May 4, '09