​The Big Boom In Health Care Jobs

More than doctors and nurses are in demand

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A new national survey shows a pop in confidence among job-seekers in March, and the most confident of all are those who work, or hope to work, in the health care field.

The March 2014 Job Search Confidence Index, released Monday by the company StartWire, shows a spike in confidence about finding new employment among job seekers overall.

The jump in confidence was most dramatic among professionals seeking jobs in the healthcare industry.

The index had been gaining modestly in 2014, but noticeably increased to 53.69 in March, up from 50.95 in February. Scores above 50 indicate a strong belief among job seekers that they will find a job within 45 days.

The numbers show an even more dramatic increase among health care professionals, of more than six percent. The index for the sector climbed from 51.28 to 57.31 in March.

"The high March confidence index numbers for health care professionals are reflective of continued industry growth, driven by the aging U.S. population and a greater need for qualified health care personnel," said Chris Forman, CEO of StartWire, in a statement.

Other evidence confirms the demand for health care professionals, and it's not just for physicians and nurses but for medical records processing specialists, lab technicians, informational technology support experts and more.

Find a job as a medical lab technician

Find a job as a medical records processing specialist

Find a job in health information technology

Find a job as a physician

Find a job as a registered nurse


A confluence of factors is at work, but two stand out: The aging of the baby boom generation, and the passage of the health care reform law known as Obamacare.

Obamacare alone has had an impact that is only just being felt: At least seven million previously uninsured Americans have acquired health insurance through federal and state insurance exchanges since the law was enacted, and that number could grow as high as 30 million.

The baby boom generation is creating opportunities in two ways: Aging Americans are placing demands on the system, and older health care professionals are retiring.

InformationWeek notes in a recent report that the need to develop electronic health records has created a whole subcategory of demand for health information technology professionals. Those jobs run the gamut from entry-level medical record technicians to so-called "optimization specialists" who keep the system ticking, to executive-level jobs in hospitals and clinics.

A report for FoxBusiness notes that the demand in health care will go well beyond the obvious medical specialties, creating openings for accountants, human resources professionals and attorneys with an understanding of health care issues.

Find a job as an accountant in the health care field

Find a job in human resources in the health care field

Find a job as an attorney in the health care field


In New Jersey, a state labor official noted that mental health-related jobs alone are expected to increase 37 percent over the next six years. Many are expected to be entry-level jobs suitable for new graduates or career-switchers, with titles such as patient navigator and community health organizer.

The Job Search Confidence Index is based on a monthly national survey of job seekers. New Hampshire-based StartWire is a membership service for job seekers that tracks job applications and new openings.

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dubricus

The increase in jobs is correct, for now. If you are planning to be a technician, be careful what area you choose. Soon, certain fields will need fewer technicians because the "machines" are becoming smaller & more automated. Think twice about becoming a pharmacy technician. More & more often prescriptions are not being touched by human hands. By law a pharmacist must be present, but not a pharmacy technician. We are already to the point that if you use an online pharmacy, as some HMOs, etc use, the doctor sends the prescription directly to the online pharmacy from the tablet in his or her hand. The pharmacy is fully automated, fills the prescription w/o a human being (it's actually safer w/o human involvement - the weak link is the doctor), it goes out into the mail that day. If you are in medical school, pick a specialty where you are not primarily diagnosing from tests & scans.... computers are being tested against doctors' diagnoses, if the computers do as well or close to, those specialties will go away. If you are an RN, be prepared to work a central hub that mainly monitors cameras. LVNs (who often make not much more than minimum wage) will do much of the actual work with patient... mostly lifting, toting, & giving meds. Some nursing home companies are testing the idea of having hub, staffed by a few RNs. This "computer central" could be anywhere in the world.... & may one day also be a computer. In some places this is prohibited by laws that require a certain number of RNs per patient, but such laws are under attack. The idea is that anything that needs to be done in patient care can be done by the cheaper LVNs & if there is a crisis, EMTs might actually be the better option rather than an onsite RN.

April 30 2014 at 10:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
am0714

Can we please get on with it now ? What you ask ? Can we PLEASE help Obama be the President that he obviously can be. Today the Republicans have said NO again to raise in minimum wage. Now is the time to say no to Republicans and give the President of the United States the ability to do the job that WE voted for him to do. Stop the BS, get these nay sayers the h*ll out.

April 30 2014 at 10:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dave

And the naysayers screamed Obamacare would be a dirty lowdown disgrace to the jobs market and our economy.
For shame, for shame, for shame!

April 30 2014 at 9:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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kate

It hasn't been fully implemented yet, the tax penalty part has not hit anyone yet, and not everyone has signed up for a health care plan.

There are reports of people who signed up online, theoretically paid a premium, then when they went to a doctor, they were not insured.

Let's let the whole thing roll out before you get excited.

April 30 2014 at 12:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rsnides23

Hmmm Thank You Obama

April 30 2014 at 8:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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