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Students Turn to Healthcare Field for Job Security

January 25th, 2011

More students are pursuing careers in the healthcare industry by enrolling in nursing degree programs and other related fields, reports The Daily Times.

According to the news source, interest in New Mexico’s San Juan College’s health science school’s offerings are booming. Originally, a nursing program was the only healthcare-related degree offered. The institution now offers six other tracks, including those that focus on dental hygiene, physical therapist assistant and clinical laboratory technology.

Currently, there are 385 students enrolled in the college’s health sciences school, and more than 700 others are on a waiting list. San Juan officials say graduates of the programs have some of the highest paying and secure jobs.

In addition, the college is halfway done with the construction of a $10 million health sciences building.

Mandy Linker, a student in San Juan’s respiratory program, had already obtained a bachelor’s degree in accounting and management, but had trouble finding a job that paid in her field. Linker hopes that by switching to a healthcare concentration, she will earn a high wage and have job security following graduation.

In 2008, median annual wages of registered nurses were $62,450, reports the Bureau of Labor Statistics.