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Rasmussen College Highlights Areas Of Opportunity Within Largely Unchanged Employment Situation Report

Despite Uptick in Unemployment Rate Detailed in November Report, Niche Industries Such as Health Care Continue to Expand

December 3, 2010

Erin Werthman
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MINNEAPOLIS, (December 3, 2010) The health care industry reported positive employment growth in November, despite a largely unchanged Employment Situation Report, released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Though the report noted a uptick in the national unemployment rate to 9.8 percent, compared to 9.6 percent the previous three months, health care continued to increase hiring over previous months with a gain of more than 19,000 jobs in home health care services, hospitals, and nursing care facilities.

“The setback of discouraging news of jobs losses in retail and manufacturing was softened by reports of growth in several industries this month, including social assistance, education, and health care,” National Director of Career Development for Rasmussen College Tamryn Hennessy said. “Unemployment numbers have remained lower for those who have pursued higher education, and our evolving educational landscape has created greater opportunities tailored for students interested in entering growing and emerging fields, such as technology and design and health information technicians.”

The November findings showed higher than average unemployment reported among those with no college education, while 95 percent of Bachelor’s or higher degree holders are employed. Rasmussen College career services professionals study jobs reports and growth statistics to pinpoint areas of opportunity for students. Industry veterans are then tapped to help lead programs in expanding or emerging industries, and Career Placement Services are employed to help graduates maximize skills and knowledge to set them apart in the increasingly competitive job market, Hennessy also explained.

“In an uncertain economy, employers require utmost productivity of potential hires, and are looking for graduates that are equipped with the most up-to-date skills to succeed in emerging roles,” Hennessy added. “Many of today’s students are seeking industry or career-focused curriculum so they stand apart from job seeking competitors with an area of expertise.”

Career opportunities continue to rise in the health care sector as aging baby boomers increase market need for qualified professionals and industry reform makes health care more accessible to a larger population. Scheduled to begin January 2011, the Rasmussen College Registered Nursing to Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (RN to BSN), launched by its School of Nursing, is available completely online for registered nurses with Associate’s degrees who are interested in entering management or advanced practice positions.

Rasmussen College offers education opportunities tailored for growing industries through its School of Technology and Design, School of Business, School of Nursing, School of Allied Health, School of Justice Studies, and School of Education. Fields seeing the highest career growth are reflected through the available Bachelor’s and Associate’s degree programs Rasmussen College offers online or on-campus at one or more of its 21 locations throughout the Midwest and Florida.

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Rasmussen College is a regionally accredited private college and Public Benefit Corporation that is dedicated to changing lives through high-demand educational programs and public service. Rasmussen College offers Certificate and Diploma programs through Associate's and Bachelor's degrees online and across its 24 Midwest and Florida campuses in a supportive, student-centered and career-focused environment. Since 1900, Rasmussen College has been dedicated to being a primary contributor to the growth and development of the communities it serves. As a Benefit Corporation, Rasmussen College is committed to helping change lives through education and making a positive impact on society through public service and a variety of community-based initiatives. For more information about Rasmussen College, please visit

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