3 Key Insights in Healthcare Employment Trends

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Looking for a job in healthcare? Smart choice. Healthcare is a consistently strong hiring space boasting over 50,000 job openings in July 2019 alone, and there are no signs  of it slowing down. The healthcare industry is ranked as the best industry for employment today, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts an increase of 13.3% between now and 2028. An aging workforce and shifting demographics have contributed to the current staffing shortage in healthcare, while medical advances allowing longer lifetimes creates an increasing demand for talent.

Key Factors in Future Healthcare Employment

In short, healthcare employment is changing. But what does this mean for you?

  • Technological advancements call for new kinds of healthcare employees. Though the staffing shortage in healthcare practitioners is being addressed by increasing numbers of medical enrollees across the last ten years, a growing demand for new services like personalization, telehealth and outpatient options will lead to a new world of positions at varying levels of education and experience.
  • Demographic shifts will open doors. As Baby Boomers get older, there will be an immediate increase in the need for both traditional medical staff and outpatient or in-home care. At the same time, younger patients demand more immediate and affordable healthcare options – with new modes of digital healthcare and urgent care replacing primary physicians amongst millennials and Gen Z, there will likely be a boom in new healthcare positions.
  • Alternative options will take the front seat in 2020 and beyond. Traditional healthcare models are seeing competition as healthcare costs become a political conversation and the industry consolidates through unprecedented mergers & acquisitions. Healthcare hiring is likely to expand to include both outpatient facilities and more technologically-competent roles as people seek convenient, affordable alternatives.

Current Healthcare Hiring Trends

If you’re a jobseeker in the healthcare industry, this is great news for you! With healthcare becoming more accessible job opportunities are expected to both increase and diversify. We’ve compiled the top jobs for both healthcare practitioners and healthcare support to help you get started.

Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations
based on search volume

Healthcare Support Occupations
based on search volume

In immediate terms, healthcare providers are hiring — and fast. Practitioner and technical positions are the most frequently posted, but you can expect growth across both sectors and particularly in Healthcare Support and Administration positions, in which BLS expects a staggering 14.2% growth by 2028. Healthcare is the second-highest industry across Lensa’s 127 million job postings between May 2018 and 2019, with the highest concentrations in the following metro areas:

  • New York-Newark-Jersey City
  • Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim
  • Chicago-Naperville-Elgin
  • Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington
  • Boston-Cambridge-Newton

Want to know what jobs there are for you in the healthcare industry? Sign up for your personalized job postings with Lensa today.

Lensa has been collecting hiring trend data since 2015, tracking over 100 million job postings and 9 million users, and we’re ready to bring that information to you through Lensa Trends.
Blog post expiration date: March 1, 2020

Paige Richmond

Paige Richmond

Paige is a Silicon Valley native who has spent the last five years based in Budapest, Hungary. After finishing her M.A. in Medieval Studies, she spent three years producing leading global HR tech conferences and building their startup product, working closely with talent industry influencers and leading practitioners. She is now a full-time content and copywriting professional.

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