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Teenagers: Where are the Jobs? Take a Look at Health Services, Says Expert

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HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., -- Teens seeking jobs and teens undecided about their career goals should consider opportunities in the health services industry. "It's where the jobs are," says Renee Ward, founder/executive director of Teens4Hire.org.

"Health services workers at all levels of education and training are in demand," says Ward. As a result, a health services recruitment campaign to educate and attract the teen labor force into the field has begun on www.teens4hire.org , a national online service that allows employers to reach high school students and graduates, early college students and young adults seeking full-time careers. The service is free for teenagers.

"Teens, our workforce of tomorrow, are not aware of the labor shortages that exist in this industry or its job growth potential. Nurses and just about every key medical specialty have a shortfall of workers," says Ward. Students pursuing these fields are almost guaranteed employment after education and/or training. In some cases, four year college degrees are not required for high-paying careers.

In the "Careers in Health Services" section of www.teens4hire.org , teens will get an overview of the types of jobs available, education, skills and talent required, occupational outlook, and an opportunity to apply online for existing job openings.

The human resource executives of NewYork-Presbyterian, The University Hospitals of Columbia and Cornell provide valuable information for teens on the site including an interactive Q&A area. "Their day-to-day recruitment challenges confirm the real need for this service," says Ms. Ward. "We hope more health services establishments will follow the lead of NewYork-Presbyterian by publicizing their openings, nurturing, and wooing our young job seekers."

Timing couldn't be better. The current economy has produced a bad job market for teens. "Teen employment is down to a 37-year low," says Andrew Sum, director of the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University.

Today, teens with the right aptitude and motivation can find rewarding career opportunities in the health services industry. For more information go to www.teens4hire.org .