Health Care Jobs In Highest Demand In 2013

health care jobs industryBy Vivian Giang

The health care industry has boomed over the last few years, growing twice as fast as the national economy. As the industry continues to grow, there will be a high demand for quality health care professionals.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the health care and social assistance industry is expected to generate the "largest number of jobs, 5.6 million, at an annual rate of 3.0 percent" between now and 2020 -- the most dramatic growth compared to any sector in the country.

And this growth won't be slowing down any time soon. A recent paper by Georgetown University reported that around 78 million baby boomers will be older than 65 by 2030, which means that the need for health care professionals is higher now than ever before.

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As a huge proportion of the population gets older, there will be a high demand for better health care services, cutting-edge technology, and new drugs -- along with the doctors, nurses, lab researchers, technicians, and administrators who can propel the industry forward.

Robin Singleton, executive vice president and the national health care practice leader for DHR International, a recruiting firm responsible for placing executives, explained how the health care industry is transforming, especially under President Obama's health care reforms.

"The days of the independent, not-for-profit community hospitals are shrinking because they don't have the resources for the technology, medical devices and the technology to capture all of this data they have to capture that will satisfy under the new health reform," Singleton said.

Instead, health care providers -- the hospitals, pharmaceutical, life science and biotechnology companies -- are consolidating together to create large self-sustaining systems. There's also a greater emphasis on service and patient satisfaction within these new health care mega-systems.

That's partially because the Meaningful Use Act under Obama's reform says that these organizations are going to have to demonstrate "meaningful use" in order to get paid the maximum amounts allowable from the government (for Medicare and Medicaid patients) and the insurance companies. This means that providers can only fully get reimbursed if they have demonstrated through their outcomes data that the services they provide are appropriate and satisfactory to the patients.

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But the emphasis on service is also due to the explosion of medical review websites.

All of this means that the health care industry is investing a lot in creating service jobs that will make sure everyone in the organization is happy. These are the health care service positions that are growing significantly right now, according to Singleton:

1. VP of the Patient Experience
"Basically, it comes down to, 'Are we the Holiday Inn or the Ritz Carlton,'" she said.
These organizations understand that they're competing with one another based on their patients and the Internet has made it easier to share reviews among the public, so if a patient has a bad experience, that scenario can be shared very quickly.

2. Chief Patient Rights and Safety Officer
This person is responsible for directing staff within the organization in order to prevent any type of possible medical or health errors that will affect the patient experience.

3. Chief Nursing Officer
"These people are needed to make the necessary changes in the trenches," Singleton said. Patients deal with nurses the most throughout their experience at hospitals, so it's essential to make sure everything is running smoothly for the nursing staff.

4. Chief Clinical Informatics Officer
"These are the MDs that take the data from patient, physician and staff surveys and make the quality changes needed for the organization to run smoothly."

5. Medical Directors
"These are the MDs that practiced for awhile, but eventually moved into administration positions," Singleton said.

6. Information Technology positions
Singleton told us these positions are needed in order to analyze data, which is crucial because data for these organizations are posted for the public, so explanations and analysis are needed.

As for the pharmacy sector, Singleton said that more emphasis is being placed right now on the research and development side, because every company is trying to find the next drug that's cheaper to make and cheaper for the consumer, yet produces the same, or better, result than its predecessor.

"Pharmacy representatives are still growing, but they're really putting their money in the researchers right now," she said. However, "the real growth is in biotech -- these offshoot little companies that are supporting the pharmacy companies."

"They basically said we'll grow your viruses for you and they're filling a particular niche to these pharmaceutical companies," she told us.

Despite the phenomenal growth taking place right now, most of the jobs opening up in health care are for highly skilled workers with multiple degrees.

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Nice and useful article, thanks for posting, good luck to you.

October 21 2014 at 12:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Obamacare? It looks like all the jobs are bureaucrats or people helping bureaucrats. Government regulations generally help the big guys by hurting them less than their smaller competitors, but also hurt the consumers through more wasted resources.

I read somewhere else that the government forced computerization of medical records isn't saving a lot of money like it was expected to.

March 06 2013 at 3:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to dich123's comment

When democrats/government are involved the money just goes right into the toilet darling. How unfortunate.

March 06 2013 at 6:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Because of obamacare, I just quit my medical practice and became a plumber. More money in it.

March 06 2013 at 3:42 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to c.mertz's comment

See Obamacare is helping many to recognize their career dreams!

March 06 2013 at 5:01 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

I'm a dem but work in the medical field and hate to admit that I didn't vote for BO because of the new healthcare law. It KILLS doctors who aren't cardiologists or plastic surgeons! They'll always make $ as will other specialist. But you can say g'bye to GP's and Pediatricians! Insurance companies are STILL raking in the big bucks but most patients no longer have co-pays for sick visits!

March 06 2013 at 5:13 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply


March 06 2013 at 1:04 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Yet the jobs that go begging are in geriatric care, jobs that no one really wants. I got this from my sister, a retired nurse (RN). She spent most of her long career in maternity OR, and switched to neonatal care for the last few years (better hours). She said of all the areas of nursing the one that pays the best is geriatric only because of the high demand, low supply.

March 06 2013 at 11:30 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to bdgrizcp's comment

I know of someone who is in her mid-50s who was a school librarian tenured, meaning she had a secure position at an elementary school and yet she has recently joined Geriatrics.

March 06 2013 at 5:02 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Nurses' aides and medical assistants do much of the work. But they are paid awful wages.
If your relative is in the nursing home, ask the aides how your parent is doing. They are the ones with your loved one all day.
The nurse may give medications(or maybe not. Aides with additional training might be giving the medication) or will call the doctor in an emergency. But basically, she is charting what the aides tell her or him and doing CPR(the aides can do this as well) or dressing wounds.
Medical Assistants in the office take your blood pressure, take blood, do your vitals, set up the chart and make notes in them.
No, I never performed these jobs. I was a social worker, admissions coordinator in nursing homes and of course I have been a patient in a doctor's office.

March 06 2013 at 9:02 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Cindy's comment

So, what exactly are nurses doing all day? It's that assumption that nurses do no work and earn all the money that's causing so many people to flock to the nursing field...only to leave shortly after when they realize they actually DO have to work and DO have A LOT of responsibility.

March 06 2013 at 10:25 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Lindsey's comment

Nurses work like dogs (the ones who can find jobs, that is). People are flocking to nursing beacuse they've been led to believe that there is a "nursing shortage", which is a giant fallacy. Nurses are graduating & can't get jobs, and nurses with decades of experience can't get jobs because places know that they're going to retire & they'll have to pay for their pensions, healthcare, etc. And it's going to get worse, with all the cuts to Medicare, Medicaid & lower reimbursements to health care facilities. Pretty soon, patients will be doing their own surgery. Nurses are grossly underpaid, overworked & overstressed. Tell me of any other job that after you've worked 12 hours, you're forced to work another 4 shift because the nurse that was supposed to be there called in sick. If you don't stay, you can be brought up on charges of patient abandonment. Not as great of a "profession" as everybody thinks, huh?

March 06 2013 at 3:37 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down

The news about the reality of nursing field was also the same about the field of education with there being a need for teachers also. I fell for the one where librarians would be retiring in 5 years and so becoming a librarian was the thing to do. Well, never saw librarians retiring till several years ago at the same time that jobs as librarians were being cut so here I sit terminally unemployed, 50s, owing for that degree in Librarianship which has no value since someone coming out of school now has the fresh information and will work for less. Simply said, I am terminal, terminally unemployed with a useless degree. Next they will say working sanitation needs more people or postal, I would not believe the latest need for influx in people, not even if it was Walmart!

March 06 2013 at 5:08 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down

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