Find answers to frequently asked questions about career opportunities at Massachusetts General Hospital and the job application process.
Applying for a Position at Mass General
What happens to my application when I apply online?
Your application is automatically routed to the appropriate recruiter in Human Resources who reviews applications daily. Your skills and experience will be compared with the requirements for the job.
When will I be contacted after I successfully apply online?
You will receive an automatic e-mail notification after you submit your application. Note that this may be the only correspondence you receive about your status. Because of the large number of applications we receive, we are only able to contact candidates who best match the requirements for the position. Please be sure to read the requirements listed for each job prior to applying.
I submitted my application but haven’t been contacted. What should I do?
You can revisit our website to see if the position you applied for is still available. There is no limit to the number of positions you can apply for, and you are encouraged to review additional opportunities.
Why is it important to provide a résumé/work history?
Attaching résumés to your application will allow recruiters to compare your skills and experiences to those that best fit the job. Also, recruiters will need your contact information if you are being considered for an open position.
How long is my application kept on file?
All applications remain on file for one year. Please remember to keep your contact information and work history up to date.
Careers in Health Care
Why should you consider a career in the health care industry?
Jobs in health care are available in almost every city in the United States. Additionally, those who work in the health care field enjoy excellent benefits and competitive salaries. The health care industry is generally very supportive of continuing education and professional advancement.
What kinds of jobs are available?
Many types of positions are available in health care. Some positions such as nurses, medical assistants, social workers, radiation therapists, physical and occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, radiologic technologists, ultrasound technologists, certified nursing assistants, surgical technologists and phlebotomists work directly with patients on a daily basis. Other positions such as lab technicians, biostatisticians, pharmacists, medical coders and researchers work behind the scenes and have less direct contact with patients.
What type of education is required?
The educational requirements vary depending on the career you choose. Some careers require a bachelor’s degree, whereas others require an associate degree. Still others require certification or completion of a series of classes that is aligned with a national standard. Most careers in health care offer career ladders, or opportunities for advancement. For certain positions, acquiring a master’s degree or a doctorate is recommended or required in order to advance.
Is a license required?
Most positions in health care that involve direct patient care require a license or certification. This license or certification is usually obtained after passing a state or national test. Some positions that are behind the scenes also require a license or certification. However, this is not true for all positions. To get the most up-to-date information about a specific position, search the job postings on the Mass General website and read the requirements that are listed.
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