Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Question of the Week: Healthcare Job Outlook

Modern Healthcare reports that despite a national loss of 85,000 jobs in December 2009, employment in the healthcare sector grew.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported an addition of 21,500 jobs in healthcare in December 2009. Unlike many other fields, healthcare achieved a net gain in jobs each month in 2009. The highest number of new jobs opened up in physicians' offices, while hospitals saw the slowest growth in the healthcare field. Although December posted the second-lowest job addition number for hospitals in 2009, hospital employment was still able to add 1,400 jobs to the workforce.

The BLS results indicate that while the nation's unemployment rate hangs at 10%, healthcare is one of the few fields to have experienced growth.

The question of the week is, have you been experiencing this job growth in healthcare? Vote in the poll on the NAMSS Blog website. Use the comment field to let us know what kind of setting you work in and if you have noticed job growth in any of the positions at your workplace.

Source: Modern Healthcare

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