Healthcare Hiring Landscape in 2014 & Beyond [Infographic]

Healthcare professionals are in demand and, according to a Glassdoor survey, they are on the lookout for better jobs. Healthcare is also projected to surpass professional and business services to become the largest segment of the U.S economy. This expansion, from the current 11 million healthcare jobs to 15 million by 2020, means that competition for the already scarce healthcare workers will get even tougher.

The current buzz in Healthcare recruitment is all about niche job boards. The mega job hosting sites have plenty to offer on a grand scale, but being niche makes the sites more personal. If you run a healthcare publication or healthcare related association, this presents a perfect opportunity for you to monetize your healthcare audience by offering them job content through a healthcare career center.

View the infographic below to learn why healthcare is one of the fastest growing industries, and why this presents an online revenue opportunity for healthcare publishers and associations:

Facts and Stats to Tweet:

There are currently 566,460 healthcare related job openings.

The highest pay state for healthcare jobs is CA with an annual mean wage of $91,240.

Healthcare is projected to be the fastest growing industry from 2012 to 2022.

Registered nurses are expected to have the most job openings among all healthcare occupations.

The use of social media for job searching in the healthcare industry has doubled since 2010.

42% of healthcare professionals are actively engaged on social media.

60% of healthcare professionals found their jobs via online job boards.

The Current Landscape of Healthcare Hiring:

There are currently 566,460 healthcare related job openings. On average, jobs are posted online for 53 days. There are 25 candidates per job opening.

The hiring index for healthcare related job openings is 45, on a scale of 0 (easy) – 100 (difficult).

The qualified talent pool available for healthcare related position is 11,096,000.

This is a list of current top job titles for employed healthcare candidates:

  1. Registered Nurse: 332,411 jobs
  2. Physical Therapist: 277,014 jobs
  3. Occupational Therapist: 218,170 jobs
  4. Speech Language Pathologist: 106,016 jobs
  5. Licensed Practical Nurse: 74,795 jobs
  6. Nurse Practitioner: 69,455 jobs
  7. Registered Nurse Intensive Care Unit: 65,576 jobs
  8. Pharmacist: 61,706 jobs
  9. Physician Assistant: 58,993 jobs
  10. Pharmacy Technician: 55,882 jobs

States with the highest healthcare employment levels:

  1. California: 730,270 positions
  2. Texas: 574,980 positions
  3. New York: 502,290 positions
  4. Florida: 465,460 positions
  5. Pennsylvania: 357,690 positions

The highest pay state for healthcare jobs is California with an annual mean wage of $91,240.

Here are the five top paying states for healthcare jobs:

  1. California: $91,240
  2. Hawaii: $87,630
  3. Oregon: $87,600
  4. Alaska: $86,830
  5. New Jersey: $86,440

Healthcare Employment Growth:

Healthcare and social assistance is projected to be the fastest growing industry within the service-providing division from 2012 to 2022, with a 2.6% per year growth rate. The industry is also expected to become the largest industry by 2022, overtaking state and local government by number of jobs, according to the BLS.

Employment in the healthcare and social assistance industry is projected to grow by 29% from 2012 to 2022. This is more than twice as fast as the projected total employment growth overall.

Project Numeric Growth 2012 – 2022 (Thousands of Jobs)

  1. Personal Care Aids: 581
  2. Registered Nurses: 527
  3. Home Health Aids: 424
  4. Nursing Assistants: 312
  5. Licensed Practical & Licensed Vocational Nurses: 183
  6. Medical Assistants: 163
  7. Physical Therapists: 74
  8. Dental Assistants: 74
  9. Clinical Laboratory Technologists & Technicians: 71
  10. Pharmacy Technicians: 71

Registered nurses are expected to have the most job openings among all healthcare occupations over the 2012-22 decade. Personal care aides and home health aides are expected to have more openings from growth than from replacement needs.

  1. Registered Nurses: 1,053
  2. Personal Care Aides: 665
  3. Nursing Assistants: 594
  4. Home Health Aides: 591
  5. Licensed Practical Licensed Vocational Nurses: 363

How Do Healthcare Job Seekers Look for Jobs?

The use of social media for job searching in the health care industry has nearly doubled since first measured in 2010, with 42% actively engaged and more than 60% of healthcare professionals have enhanced their social profiles in the past year.

Half of clinicians said they use social media to look for job postings. Approximately 40% use it to research a company; one-third use it to see if they know someone that can help in their job search; less than 20% use it to reach a recruiter; and approximately 10% use it to reach out to the HR department.

Glassdoor’s survey found that 64% surveyed plan to seek out a new job within the next year and more than 40% plan to launch their job search in the next 3 months.

The most frequently cited sources for job searches were direct contact (62%), online job boards (60%), referrals (51%), search engines (49%), and healthcare social media sites (30%).

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