ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Knoxville Healthcare Jobs and Internships

Updated on October 14, 2019
Patty Inglish, MS profile image

Patty uses advanced degrees in preventive medicine, psychology, and TCM in research and treatment for public and private health agencies.

Bridges across the Tennessee river at Knoxville.
Bridges across the Tennessee river at Knoxville. | Source

Healthcare Jobs in Knoxville

Health and medical jobs in Eastern Tennessee have increased continually since the 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville showcased the University of Tennessee and its growing medical center.

Today, the school offers over 400 different degree and certificate programs, many of which are in healthcare careers. The school has partnered with businesses, government agencies, nonprofits, and local post-secondary educational facilities to produce new health related goods and services and to foster business growth in that area.

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Knoxville is near the eastern edge of the state.World's Fair Park installations maintained since 1982. The Sun Sphere in downtown Knoxville was built for the 1982 World's Fair.
Knoxville is near the eastern edge of the state.
Knoxville is near the eastern edge of the state. | Source
World's Fair Park installations maintained since 1982.
World's Fair Park installations maintained since 1982. | Source
The Sun Sphere in downtown Knoxville was built for the 1982 World's Fair.
The Sun Sphere in downtown Knoxville was built for the 1982 World's Fair. | Source
Source

Health and Medical Businesses Expand to Knoxville

In 1995, Summit Medical Group opened its first clinic in New Jersey, expanded to Knoxville and other American cities, and increased its services to dozens of facilities in Knoxville and Knox County by 2019. The group is owned by physicians who oversee and/or practice in its facilities in a variety of increasing specialties. It also operates a nonprofit foundation for health promotion education and practice, and important medical research.

The company website states that many physicians are retiring (in the 2020s) and replacements are needed as well as additional doctors to fill new positions.

Summit insists that all employees be nonsmokers, alerting job applicants that pre-employment screenings include standard drug testing as well as testing for nicotine. The body of medical research into smoking has found consistently that smokers can transfer health-destroying nicotine to patients, clients, and customers, even by breathing in the same area; but, just as importantly, via their hair and clothing that can emit nicotine into the air. Moreover, smoking outside does not help; smokers spread nicotine and the health and medical industry is a particular industry that needs to eliminate that possibility in the workplace (Ghidie, et.al., 2017; Marco and Grimalt, 2015).

City skyline at the Tennessee River downtown.
City skyline at the Tennessee River downtown. | Source

According to Sperling's Best Places, Knoxville has experienced recent growth in the AD 2010s in population, jobs, and economy, with lower overall cost of living than for America overall at 84% of the national average.

Healthcare positions, including nutrition and dietetics jobs are among the top jobs projected to increase significantly in Knox County and Knoxville through AD 2030. This is attributed to the increasing population of local retirees, along with increasing numbers of new families with young children. All of these people need healthcare, including nutrition advice.

Overall, healthcare is the leading job industry in the city, with food prep/service in casual dining and fast food places the second fastest growing industry.

High Demand Jobs in Knoxville

Among the job vacancies in highest demand we find:

  1. Health and medical professionals that include physicians, nurses, therapists, dietary managers, clinical dieticians, and home health aides (HHAs)
  2. Retail salespeople, including those in for sports nutrition items
  3. Merchandisers and other positions for Kellogg Company

Major Local Hiring Companies

  1. Food City and K-VA-T Food Stores: Groceries, home and beauty products, etc.
  2. McDonald's, Burger King, Cambridge Franchise Holdings (large group of Burger King shops) Sonic, Domino's Pizza
  3. Summit Medical Group
  4. Weigel Stores, Inc.: Gas and convenience stores
  5. Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  6. Pilot Flying J: Gas and convenience stores
  7. University of Tennessee: Staff and faculty
  8. CVS Health and Retail
  9. Dollar General and other dollar stores
  10. Methodist Medical Center

Major Health/Medical/Science Employers Hiring Now

  1. Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  2. Summit Medical Group
  3. CVS Health and Retail
  4. University of Tennessee Medical Center
  5. University of Tennessee
  6. Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge
  7. Parkwest Medical Center
  8. Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center
  9. Covenant Health Corporate: With prestigious headquarters in Knoxville, this is the largest private local employer, maintaining an employee pool of over 10,000 people.
  10. NHC Oak Ridge

Early 21st Century Job Trends

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Jobs declined slightly during this time period, beginning to increase once more during Spring 2014, with over 14,000 vacancies available in August. SimplyHired scourers all job listings across the Internet.
Jobs declined slightly during this time period, beginning to increase once more during Spring 2014, with over 14,000 vacancies available in August.
Jobs declined slightly during this time period, beginning to increase once more during Spring 2014, with over 14,000 vacancies available in August. | Source
SimplyHired scourers all job listings across the Internet.
SimplyHired scourers all job listings across the Internet. | Source

Highest Demand Jobs Through AD 2030

  1. Health and Medical positions that include physicians, RN nurses, patient care techs, physician assistants/nurse practitioners, occupational and physical therapists
  2. Owner Operator Truck Drivers
  3. Dollar Stores: Dollar General, Dollar Tree, other: management and crew positions.
  4. Salespeople
  5. General Managers in various businesses
  6. Insurance Sales and Investments
  7. Software Engineers

Internships in Healthcare, Education, and Other Fields

Internships can lead into full-time employment and make a good segue from college to work.

Looking into the internship market in Knoxville is one way to find additional opportunities in nutrition after graduation and certification. Internships and jobs you might not find listed elsewhere may be available at hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living and retirement centers, schools K-12, colleges and universities, day care operations, restaurant chain headquarters, food companies like Kellogg, local and state health departments, the US Armed Services, and even prisons.

Related to the privatized space program and NASA partnerships, nutrition and its various occupations will play a vital part of mankind's quest for deep space.

A good time to begin the quest for internships in nutrition and dietetics or related fields is at the beginning of the final semester of academic training or even before. However, begin as soon as possible to contact companies and organizations about internships and you may hear about full-time work in our field.

Sources

  • Ghidei,W; Brottman,G; Lenne, E; Quan, T; and Joseph, A. Provider Perspectives on Adding Biomarker Screening for Tobacco Smoke Exposure to Lead Screening at Well-Child Visits, Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 10.1016/j.pedhc.2016.10.007, 31, 3, (342-349); 2017.
  • Knoxville Hospitals
  • Knoxville City Schools
  • Knox County Schools
  • Kellogg Foods Company: Search under R&D and bring up jobs after hitting APPLY button at www.kelloggcareers.com
  • Marco, Esther; Grimalt, Joan O. A rapid method for the chromatographic analysis of volatile organic compounds in exhaled breath of tobacco cigarette and electronic cigarette smokers. Journal of chromatography. A, ISSN: 1873-3778, Vol: 1410, Page: 51-9; 2015.
  • Summit Medical Group Careers
  • The University of Tennessee - Knoxville: Founded in 1794, the school now has 400+ academic programs.

This content is for informational purposes only and does not substitute for formal and individualized diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed medical professional. Do not stop or alter your current course of treatment. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2011 Patty Inglish MS

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • profile image

      meefnvdgao 

      6 years ago

      very nice put up, i actually love this website, carry on it

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      8 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Lots of great comments here!

      LPNs can indeed make a good living. One of my former GED students (aged 60) became a CNA and then an LPN and then an RN. Another became a war clerk at hospital, who paid her way through RN classes! These people are making $26 - $35+ per hour, working either 4 10-hr days or Sat/Sun 12 hours each and the whole week off!

      Hell hello - I did this employment work full-time for a decade and see no reason to stop now!

    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Your hubs must help so many people which must give you a wonderful feeling. It is very kind of you to do so.

    • stephaniedas profile image

      Stephanie Das 

      8 years ago from Miami, US

      Interesting bit of info...Tennessee is an interesting state that I have never properly visited. Looks cool, good hub.

    • forhirejobs profile image

      forhirejobs 

      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Healthcare, Sales, IT are all pretty safe and secure career choices no matter where you live.

    • Cardisa profile image

      Carolee Samuda 

      8 years ago from Jamaica

      A project I'm currently working on focuses on Licensed Practical Nurses and predictions says that between 2012 and 2018 the demand is expected to increase by 21% or 155,000. The profession pays between $16 and $22 per hour. I am thinking that, as Jebunouka says, if writing fails, I'll just have to be a LPN.

    • rlaha profile image

      rlaha 

      8 years ago from Spartanburg, SC

      Thank you so much for writing a hub on Nutrition in Knoxville, TN. I have been trying to find a job in my field since August of 2011, but have not found anything yet. I will definitely check out the links you have provided to see if any opportunity is available for me. Thanks again!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      8 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Truck driving can be bumpy, but special seats eliminate some of the bounce on the road. Even specialists are an up and coming job right now - openings have increased a lot in the last 6-9 months in many states.

    • profile image

      jenubouka 

      8 years ago

      Well if this writing thing doesn't pan out then I guess I can try out truck driving down in Knoxville, never mind the fact I can barely park a scooter.

      On a serious note this was an awesome and thorough hub that is packed with information especially the stats in the health field. The event specialist intrigued me for being on the list over in the Pacific Northwest there is a demand or gained interest as well.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)