Demand for nursing jobs in Maryland is expected to grow, with a statewide nursing shortage expected to reach 10,000 by 2016. In Baltimore, the number of vacant hospital nursing jobs is projected to be above ten percent. To combat the shortage, Maryland colleges have been given substantial grant money to lure students to nursing, and a campaign has been launched to add 1,500 new nursing students. The Greater Baltimore Medical Center, for example, gave $500,000 for this cause. Other major Baltimore hospitals include Johns Hopkins Hospital, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, and Union Memorial Hospital.
Patient care technicians (or PC techs) work under the supervision of nursing and medical staff to complete routine tasks and provide direct patient care. Certified nursing assistants, hospital attendants, licensed practical nurses and licensed vocational nurses are examples of patient care technicians. Patient care technician job requirements will vary greatly depending on the job; some will require CNA certification while others will only require a high school diploma. Because of this, patient care technician salary will also vary greatly between positions. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts excellent job growth for nursing aides, orderlies and attendants, at 19%.