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Old 04-14-2011, 07:18 PM
Location: Des Moines, IA
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Default What is the job market like for Healthcare in Portland?

Hello all. I am 24 years old and will have my CNA and CMA license when I move to Portland. I was just curious how the Healthcare field does there in Portland. Are there good nursing/assisted living places around? Is it easy to find a job in this field of Healthcare? Thank you for any input. I appreciate it a lot!
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Old 04-15-2011, 08:29 PM
Location: the Beaver State
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My impression is that health care has been one of the few job stable industries in Portland for the past few years.

Kaiser is building a new hospital with anywhere between 400 to 600 employees (I've heard differing estimates from several sources,) and Emmanuel is building an entire new multi-story wing.
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Old 04-22-2011, 04:54 PM
Location: Porkland, OR
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OSHU is another good option, as is Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield
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Old 04-22-2011, 05:03 PM
Location: Gresham, OR
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If you have experience I don't think you'll have a problem. I know some people who found jobs lately in nursing w/o hardly looking.
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Old 04-22-2011, 10:27 PM
Location: Beaverton
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Even if you don't have experience it can be a plus because you won't demand the higher wages that an experienced cna/cma will want.

I just got my first medical assistant job without any experience and found many other new grads in my orientation classes.

It took me 4 months to get the job after submitting countless applications but 4 months is still pretty good for getting any job in Oregon. I was expecting it to take longer.

Good luck!
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Old 04-23-2011, 01:40 AM
Location: Gresham, OR
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I think the main problem with unemployment here is for people who don't have education/training in fields that are in demand.
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