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Maryland Health Careers

This guide provides resources for students to explore career options in the health care industry in Maryland.

About This Guide

Welcome to Maryland Health Careers! This guide is designed to help high school and college students explore health care careers available in Maryland. We have chosen to highlight fifteen careers that are expected to have some of the most job openings over the next ten years.

  • Visit the Careers page to learn about Maryland’s education requirements, standards for practice, and in-state training programs for each of these jobs.
  • The Videos page provides profiles of a day in the life of health care professionals.
  • Browse the Links page for additional resources on these and many other careers in the health care industry.

Health Care Workforce Forecast

Health care is one of the largest and fastest growing industries in the United States. In 2008, health care provided 14.3 million jobs nationwide. Forty percent were in hospitals, twenty-one percent were in nursing and residential care facilities, and sixteen percent were in physicians’ offices. The national employment rate is projected to grow by twenty-two percent through 2018, with the addition of 3.2 million new jobs.

In Maryland, the health care industry has remained stable through the recent recession and continues to grow. The state government is currently implementing health care reform and one goal of the plan is to increase the health care workforce by up to 25 percent before 2020. This increase will be needed to accommodate primary care services for the expanding coverage of hundreds of thousands of newly insured patients, and also the greater volume of health services needed for the aging population.

However, Maryland is also facing an ongoing shortage of health care workers. There is a gap between the number of available positions and the number of new workers entering the workforce. This is partly due to low numbers of graduates from in-state educational institutions and the increasing number of health care professionals that are aging and retiring.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Career Guide to Industries, on the Internet (visited January 30, 2012).

Governor’s Workforce Investment Board (2011). Preparing Maryland’s Workforce for Health Reform: Health Care 2020. http://www.gwib.maryland.gov/pub/healthreformcare2020.pdf (visited May 9, 2012).

Governor’s Workforce Investment Board (2009). Maryland’s Allied Health Industry Workforce Report and Recommendations. http://mdworkforce.com/pub/pdf/alliedhealthreport.pdf (visited May 9, 2012).

Maryland Health Care Reform Coordinating Council (2010). Health Care Workforce White Paper. http://www.healthreform.maryland.gov/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/WorkforceWorkgroup.pdf (visited May 9, 2012).