Most jobs in health services involve providing clinical services, but there are many occupations performing other functions as well. Numerous management and administrative support personnel keep organizations running smoothly.

The BLS forecasts increasing opportunities in non-specialized healthcare occupations. For example, 15.6 percent job growth is expected in health-services bookkeeping through 2010, while the need for receptionists and information clerks will jump 26.6 percent. Openings for medical secretaries will climb 20 percent, with 12.2 percent growth for general office help, and 9.8 for maintenance and repair workers.

While hospitals might first come to mind as potential employers, the BLS sees most of the growth occurring in other healthcare venues. For example, one-third of the employees in physicians’ offices are in office and administrative support positions, such as receptionists and information clerks. The same is true for the offices of other health professionals, like physical therapists, occupational therapists and chiropractors. Other promising places to look include large dental offices, as well as medical and dental labs.

Finally, in addition to providing solid entry-level opportunities, the chances for breaking into the field at the management level are good, according to the BLS. “Although many medical and health services managers have a background in a clinical specialty or training in health services administration,” notes the BLS, “some enter these jobs with a general business education.”

A welcome prognosis, indeed.

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