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:

Clinical Jobs

Some examples of clinical hospital jobs available include:

  • 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 Technologist, Medical Laboratory Technologist
  • Dietitian

Non-Clinical Jobs

Some examples of non-clinical hospital jobs are:

  • Case Manager/Social Worker
  • Accountants
  • Human Resources & Recruiting
  • Executives: CEO, CFO, CIO
  • Information Technology
  • Food Service
  • Environmental Services
  • Administrative Assistants

Benefits of Working in a Hospital

If you like meeting and being around a number of different people, working in a hospital could be an attractive option for you. An average hospital has hundreds of employees, and with patients coming in and out on a daily basis, each day brings new people and new challenges. Being a part of helping patients and their families are incredibly rewarding as well.

Also, since the U.S. Department of Labor expects the number of healthcare jobs to grow by 18 percent from 2016 to 2026, health care is a fairly stable field in which to work, offering good job security.

Potential Drawbacks to Working in a Hospital

Because hospitals operate on a 24/7 basis, your schedule may fluctuate quite a bit and include nights, holidays, and weekends. Though you can expect that no two days will be exactly the same, this can also cause some extra stress as you may be exposed to angry, loud, or hostile people. If you aren't a person who likes a lot of variety and unpredictability, working in a hospital may not be your best option.

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. Here are some resources to help you learn more about hospitals and available jobs:

  • allhospitaljobs.com—Type in the job you're looking for, as well as the area, and you'll get a list of every hospital in the area that's hiring, including state health departments.
  • healthcaresource.com—Search job openings and sign up for the Talent Network to stay up-to-date on job opportunities.
  • 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. You can also browse through a list of job opportunities here.
  • aha.org—American Hospital Association has nearly 5,000 hospital, healthcare systems, and network members, as well as 43,000 individual members. The AHA site provides job listings, training and certification, hospital news, research, and trends.
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