Switching careers: photo editor becomes a nurse

Ian Malkasian
Ian Malkasian

The jobs picture isn't getting better, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The private sector only added 71,000 new jobs in July but the overall economy lost 131,000, thanks to the loss of Census positions. Unemployment remains at 9.5%.

Despite these less than stellar numbers, some experts say there's some reason for cheer. Of the 12 sectors that job website Indeed.com posts in, 11 are growing, including transportation and manufacturing. And although health care was down by 2% year over year, it remains the one with the most openings.

Ian Malkasian, a photo assignment editor for The Oregonian, is one of those who decided to go into health care, becoming an oncology nurse. It took two application cycles before he got into nursing school but he's happy he did it. He shares his experience of taking small steps toward his new career goal.