The U.S. employment situation remained relatively static in February, according to the
"Health care remains a consistent growth industry in the U.S.," said
February's candidate search numbers from MedZilla.com speak to Burkhardt's point -- companies seeking qualified applicants increased their search activities by 2.5 percent in February. Companies who increased candidate searches in general were mostly located in
Johnston also followed up on recent MedZilla coverage of looming layoffs in the
In the U.S., a legal -- though questionable -- activity might impact current and future employment for anyone in the health care field. Many medical -- and other -- companies are trying to transition from "smoke-free" to "smoker-free" workplaces, in part to cut costs; in doing so, they have instituted testing and penalty procedures equating nicotine with illegal drugs such as marijuana (nytimes.com, 2/10/11). "Because smoking is a voluntary activity, rules against discrimination do not apply," said Burkhardt. "Though things are getting better, the job market is still extremely competitive and many people are still having difficulty finding jobs, especially if they've been out of work for a while. Quitting smoking might not give you an edge, but it will give potential employers one less thing they can hold against you when they compare you with other candidates."
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