According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in healthcare occupations is projected to grow by 14 percent from 2018 to 2028, adding approximately 1.9 million new jobs. Healthcare occupations are expected to add more jobs than any other occupational group. Driving this growth is a higher demand for healthcare services, attributed mainly to an aging population.
Career Profiles states, “It goes without saying that healthcare has and always will be a major industry. But with an ever-aging group of baby boomers – looking to extend and enhance the quality of life – the timing has never been better to launch a career or business in this industry. Career opportunities in healthcare are broad and offer a variety of specialties to choose from. Through 2020 demand is predicted to be strongest for dentists, nurses, physician specialists, optometrists, physical therapists, and audiologists.”
Of the 15 occupations predicted to be the fastest-growing from 2016-2026, eight are related to healthcare, including—
- Home health aide
- Personal care aide
- Physician assistant
- Nurse practitioner
- Physical therapy assistant
- Physical therapy aides
- Medical assistants
- Occupational therapy assistants
Aligning your job search with the times
These days, the role of social media in the recruitment process is a given. Both sides of the staffing equation are on board with this avenue for connecting employers and employees, as these stats reveal.
- 79% of job seekers use social media during their job search
- 72 % of job seekers use a mobile phone to find and apply for jobs
- 80% of employers say social recruiting helps them find passive candidates
These numbers beg the question, of every job seeker: Are you utilizing every opportunity social media affords, including the convenience of mobile functions, in your pursuit of a healthcare position?
Predictions for the year ahead
Due to the ongoing skills gap, the growing trend of extending flexibility regarding candidate criteria is expected to continue. No one denies the need for skills; however, on-the-job training can quickly bring an enthusiastic, eager-to-learn candidate proficient in other “soft skills” up to speed for several entry-level positions.
Mindscope concurs. “Many companies have begun to more frequently recruit for soft, interpersonal skills that can be applied to a professional setting rather than the hard, technical skills one might learn in their post-secondary education. Skills like attention to detail, teamwork skills, and communication skills are now more valuable than ever!”
The take-away for candidates? Brush up on soft skills. On resumes and in interviews, focus on aptitudes relating to soft skills at least as much as on technical skills.
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