Healthcare remains one of the bright spots when it comes to hiring over the past several years. As our population continues to age and baby boomers move off into retirement, this sector promises to be a major hot spot for competitive skills and recruitment.
Wanted Analytics brings us the data.
Healthcare jobs were one of the areas reported to have growth during May in the BLS’s Employment Situation Summary last week. We wanted to take an updated look at hiring demand for these occupations. In May, there were more than 620,000 job ads seen online for healthcare careers. This is a 5% increase compared to the same time period last year, and a 14% growth versus 2 years ago. Healthcare employers posted 68% of the jobs, while staffing firms and recruiting agencies represented 32% of the available online listings.
Hiring Demand for Healthcare Professionals in the US – 4 Year Hiring Trend
The 5 most commonly advertised healthcare job titles are:
- Physical Therapist
- Occupational Therapist
- Registered Nurse
- Speech Language Pathologist
Within the healthcare space, General Medical and Surgical Hospitals had the most available job listings during May with more than 52,000 ads. Other healthcare industries with high volumes of ads were Offices of Physicians, Home Health Care Services, Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers, and Ambulatory Healthcare Services. Of these industries, Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers saw the greatest year-over-year increase, up more than 2,000% compared to May of last year.
The 10 metro areas with the most healthcare job listings during May are listed below. Healthcare jobs were most demanded in the New York metro area with 20,000 jobs. Not only were the most jobs seen in this area, but the volume of ads also increase 16% compared to May 2011. Hiring demand in Houston, however, grew the most of the below areas, up more than 25%. Of the 10 cities below, hiring demand declined in just one location year-over-year. The number of healthcare ads in Los Angeles was down 7% during May versus last year.
10 Locations with Most Job Listings for Healthcare Occupations – May 2012
With increasing hiring demand for healthcare professionals, jobs are likely to be moderately difficult to fill. Our Hiring Scale shows that Recruiters in Washington, DC are currently facing one of the most difficult conditions. While demand has grown steadily here, the local available talent pool has not grown at the same rate and employers are competing more heavily to attract talent. It’s likely that they will also experience a longer time-to-fill than many of their counter parts nationwide. In fact, job ads in the DC metro area have an average posting duration of 47 days – or just under 7 weeks. This is about 1 week longer than the national average.
Hiring Scale for Healthcare Jobs in Washington, DC vs. National Average