With a median salary of $60,000 per year and more than 4,300 students enrolled in the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs at the university, Georgetown is a big employer.
But, it’s not the only place in the nation where job prospects are brightening.
Georgetown, one of the top 10 most populous universities in the United States, has more than 1,400 jobs for nurses and physician assistants and expects to add more in 2019.
“The good news is that we’re on track to reach the goal of more than half a million positions,” said Elizabeth Bock, Georgetown’s director of nursing and health systems.
“We are making progress and we’re moving very quickly.”
While the Georgetown graduate workforce is growing rapidly, it isn’t just students and graduates who are benefiting.
Georgetown has one of its most highly rated health systems in the country.
The Georgetown Health System, which includes Georgetown University Medical Center, Georgetown University Health Center, and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of Georgia, ranked as the No. 1 health system in the U.S. by the American Medical Association in 2019, according to an annual ranking by The Associated Press.
And Georgetown University’s health system has become a major employer of nurse trainees, helping more than 60,000 graduates go on to earn doctorates and associate degrees over the last five years.
“I think Georgetown has been doing a lot of good things,” said Emily Schofield, a Georgetown graduate who worked in the Georgetown Medical Center in the 1990s and now works for an organization called The Healthcare Foundation of America.
“I think it’s just time for us to focus on what we need to do to get there.
There are so many other great opportunities in medicine.”
But Georgetown is just one of a handful of schools that are seeing strong job growth.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is expected to add an additional 1,600 jobs for graduates in 2019 alone, according the university’s annual report.
And in 2019 at the University, the Georgetown Graduate School of Nursing and Health Systems will hire over 4,000 nurses and have a nurse-led team that will train nearly 400 new interns.
“We know there is an opportunity in health care to recruit and train people who are good leaders and we need those people,” said Amy McDaniel, dean of the Georgetown School of Health Sciences.
“So I’m excited to be a part of it.”