Hiring Projections: Healthcare Leads the Way
By: Connie Blaszczyk, Managing Editor, Monster Resource Center
The Bureau of Labor Statistics has released its 2010-2020 employment projections. Not surprisingly, healthcare and related services dominate the list.
According to BLS employment projections, healthcare support occupations are projected to grow most rapidly in the coming decade, at 34.5 percent. Personal care and services occupations come in at 26.8 percent, with healthcare practitioners and technical occupations trailing closely at 25.9 percent.
The agency projects that healthcare and social assistance will generate the most jobs (5.6 million) over the next decade, followed by professional and business services (3.8 million) and construction (1.8 million.)
Healthcare and social assistance industries also dominate BLS’ list of projected 2010-20 wage and salary employment growth.
Healthcare Jobs that Lead the Pack
BLS employment projections of specific healthcare professions break out as follows:
- Home health aides: 69%
- Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses: 22%
- Medical assistants: 31%
- Nursing aides, orderlies and attendants: 20%
- Physical therapists: 39%
- Physical therapist assistants: 48%
- Physicians and surgeons: 24%
- Registered nurses: 26%
BLS points out that their projections are built on the assumption of a full employment economy in 2020.
Healthcare Recruiting Challenges Ahead
Robust employment projections for healthcare recruiting and hiring are driven in large part by the aging population and demand for services, as outlined in the 2012 Healthcare Hiring Outlook. While positive, the forecast points to known challenges in the immediate sourcing of specific healthcare job skills.
“Getting interest in being a caregiver isn’t difficult,” says Emma Dickison, president of Home Helpers, a franchisor of home care agencies. “The challenge is to find the right fit; we hire just 10 to 20 percent of applicants.” Adding to the expense of healthcare recruiting for these roles are criminal record checks and other background screening.
At the physician level, Eric Dickerson, senior practice leader of the academic physician practice at recruiter Kaye/Bassman International in Dallas, notes that “general practitioners will continue in huge demand.”
Growing demand for GPs and and physician assistants will be met via an expanded role for nurse practitioners, says Dr. Penny Kaye Jensen, President of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and Assistant Professor (Clinical), University of Utah, College of Nursing.
“While health care consumers are increasingly more aware of the contributions of NPs, employers are also becoming more familiar with advantages provided by NPs, says Jensen.
She adds, “As the market becomes more competitive for NPs, recruiters may be offering better benefit packages and salaries.”
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