March 7, 2014
Therapeutic Services Real Time Labor Market Summary Report Updated
The Therapeutic Services career pathway comprises four occupations: Registered Nurses, Certified Nursing Assistants, Pharmacy Technicians, and Licensed Practical Nurses. Employees in these occupations perform activities to care for ill or injured patients and to treat and manage patients’ healthcare problems. Therapeutic activities may include provision of basic care, assistance with self care, medication preparation or administration, and patient teaching. Job vacancies reported are statewide totals over the past 12 months. In the past 12 months, there were 12,967 registered nurse and 3,941 certified nursing assistants vacancies reported, with three in four positions reported as full-time.
Missouri Patents Continue to Rise
According to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the number of patents issued in Missouri increased by 67 percent from 2008 to 2013, to a total of 1,301. Over nine in 10 (1,184) of the 2013 patents issued in Missouri were utility patents. These patents were issued for inventions, such as a new machine, manufacture or composition of matter, or a new and useful improvement. Another 112 patents were categorized as design patents, issued for the design of visual ornamental characteristics of an article of manufacture. There were also five patents re-issued.