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BLS reports expected boom in healthcare employment opportunities
08.06.2012Individuals on the hunt for hospitalist job opportunities or physician assistant job opportunities will be happy to see recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
Alongside an overall surge in national job creation, the BLS reports that more than 12,000 new healthcare jobs were created last month, with expected layoffs dropping to their lowest point this year. The total number of new jobs in July was around 163,000.
Speaking to Healthcare IT News, vice president of government relations at Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, Dave Roberts, credited the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for some of this uptick. He stated that the law will reduce the financial burdens of unpaid bills for emergency medicine and create jobs in health IT through incentive programs.
Regardless of the positive jobs trend, Health IT News noted that some healthcare professionals remain out of work, while many medical institutions drag their feet when it comes to filling open positions.
"Recessions take a mental toll on businesses as well as workers. When a company realizes they have a position to fill there is a certain amount of trepidation as with any long-term monetary investment. There is less room for error. Job seekers feel the anxiety of not knowing which of their skills to emphasize and where to best market their abilities," said Del Johnson, manager of client relations at a career website for healthcare professionals, MedZilla, quoted by the news source.
His colleague at the website, managing director John Burkhardt, added that "there are great workers out there and they are willing to learn and work hard, if given the opportunity."
Some experts say those opportunities are multiplying. The executive search firm Witt/Kieffer expects a 29 percent overall increase in healthcare industry employment nationwide, and credits the aging of baby boomers and new advances in health IT for creating jobs that did not formerly exist.
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