What if you knew exactly the types of skills and experiences you need to develop now to get hired later? What if you knew the exact jobs that will be most in demand in the near future and beyond?

As you navigate through your health career, you will find that keeping up with the trends of the industry and the workforce will not only expose you to job options you might not have considered, but will also help you understand which jobs and skills are more in demand now and in the future. In the midst of countless New Year and 2016 articles, we found “2016 Healthcare Staffing Trends” from HealthLeaders Media to be the most relevant and helpful to students and career changers in the health field looking to understand upcoming industry and hiring trends.

" ‘By 2022, nearly one in eight U.S. jobs is projected to be in the healthcare sector,’ says Patricia Pittman, PhD, codirector of the GW Health Workforce Institute at George Washington University and associate professor of health policy and management...”

2016 Healthcare Staffing Trends” brings together recent studies and experts like Patricia Pittman to list and explain the fastest growing healthcare occupations (as well as this chart portraying the healthcare occupations with the largest projected growth between 2012 and 2022). 

Here’s the rundown: 

  1. Registered Nurses are more in demand now than they ever have been—and the demand is only growing (Pittman expects the number of nurses hired over the next few years to increase by approximately 526,800).
  2. Population Health development is creating a demand for data analysis specialists, clinical informaticists, social workers, behavioralists, community health workers, outreach coordinators, and population health executives. Skills to hone: data analysis and communications.
  3.  Patient experience or patient satisfaction officers, as well as clinicians with strong bedside manner and customer service skills, are growing in demand. Skills to hone: customer service, listening, and other “soft” skills.
  4. Health Tech is one of the biggest drivers of healthcare job growth. Some of the jobs: ICD-10-proficient coders, telehealth “virtualists,” experienced technologists, and more (including jobs that don’t even exist yet but will come to existence through the increasing creation and adoption of new technologies).
  5. Health Managers and Human Resources specialists with tech and data analysis skills will become more in demand to help manage all of the new and increased jobs in the healthcare industry. Skills to hone: tech and data analysis.


If you want to read more about these categories and the skills and positions they implicate, read the full article and let us know what you think. Is there a health industry trend you have noticed that isn’t listed here?  

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