Well, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), that’s not a bad idea. With an election pending and global markets somewhat rocky, many employment sectors are tenuous about growth, but not healthcare. The “Help Wanted” notices in the medical arena continue to get posted, including many at Roper St. Francis – so pay attention all of you freshly-minted high school and college grads!
Experts project that nearly half of the 30 fastest-growing occupations until 2022 will be health-related, with the healthcare and social assistance industry growing an average of 2.6% a year and comprising nearly a third of the 15.6 million U.S. job gains during the 10-year period from 2012-2022. Nationally, this job growth will include positions such as nurses, home health aides, physician assistants, occupational therapy assistants and dental hygienists, among others.
The demand is fueled by two factors: the primary driver being baby boomers who continue to age and will need more and more services from the healthcare and social assistance fields; and secondly, the fact that many of today’s healthcare professionals are themselves older and nearing retirement. In fact, more than half of working nurses are over age 50, meaning there will be plenty of empty slots to fill in the years ahead, according to the American Nursing Association.
We asked our colleagues who do recruitment and talent acquisition at Roper St. Francis what the top 10 hottest/in-demand positions are at Roper St. Francis, and here’s the local line-up:
Top 10 Hottest/In-Demand Roper St. Francis Positions
- Registered Nurse (RN)
- Patient Care Tech (PCT)
- Home Health/Hospice – All Specialties
- Environmental Services Tech (Housekeeping)
- Sterile Processing Technicians
- Health Information/Clinical Informatics – All Specialties
- Physical Therapist
- Certified Medical Assistant/Medical Assistant
- Surgical Technologist
So if you’re pondering a career shift, or just setting out on your professional journey and like the idea of job security and a meaningful career working with wonderful, talented teammates who share a vision for a healthier community, you might want to click here. There’s a reason why Roper St. Francis is continually ranked a top place to work in the Lowcountry – come find out why.