Health care staffing President David Alexander gives job hunting tips

Health care worker
Health care worker

One of the few bright spots in the job market during this Great Recession has been health care. Month after month, the industry has added jobs. In May, 8,000 health-care positions were created, a slight dip of the average of 20,000 a month over the past year. David Alexander, president of Soliant Health, one of the nation's largest health-care staffing agencies, expects the trend to continue for the next several years.

Retirements are creating shortages of qualified workers. Meanwhile, Baby Boomers are aging and will need additional medical care, he told WalletPop in a telephone interview. Add to that another 30 million Americans entering the system due to health-care reform, and "we like where we are situated as a staffing agency," he added.

Before you take out a student loan to train or retrain in health care, here are five things to know: