It is estimated that 30 million people will gain healthcare insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act. With this surge of new patients will come a guaranteed need for healthcare professionals. According to HealtheCareers' 2012 Q2 Jobs Report
, jobs across all specialties in healthcare are expected to grow over the next eight years.
Physicians account for 40% of all healthcare job openings in Quarter 2, however, there has only been a 1% growth in openings for physicians since Quarter 1. Currently, the biggest increase in job openings since Q1 has been for nurses. The demand is especially high for seasoned nurses, considering 90% of all nursing positions require more than one year of experience. As older generations of nurses begin to retire, the need for skilled nurses will be in an even greater demand.
Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants have had an equal increase in job openings since Q1 at 16%. Both are valuable resources during physician shortages; their salaries are less than physicians and most states grant these healthcare professionals the power to write prescriptions.
As more hospitals and healthcare facilities transition to electronic medical records, it is no surprise that Healthcare IT positions are on the rise. Openings increased by 18% with 30% of those openings specific to HIT analysts/system analysts. "HealtheCareers collected their data from their online database of job openings from April 1 through June 30, 2012. Given that their database is comprised of approximately 50,215 healthcare and medical job openings placed by 3,294 hospital and healthcare organizations, the report offers significant insight into industry trends in the job market: Physicians and surgeons are still the top priority, but physician assistants, nurse practitioners and skilled nurses are all in higher demand as of Q2. Healthcare IT is growing, although it has yet to overtake healthcare provider needs."
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