Hiring in the healthcare sector continues to be very robust. Wanted Analytics brings us the data and details.
Healthcare hiring demand continues to grow. According to WANTED Analytics hiring demand data, in October 2014, there were 6% more online job ads for healthcare practitioners than there were during this time last year. October marked a new high in demand, with about 542,000 job ads for healthcare workers. In the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Situation Summary, 25,000 jobs were added in healthcare last month. Over the past year, healthcare added an average of 21,000 jobs to the economy each month. Healthcare practitioner talent was most sought after by hospitals and offices of physicians.
Below are the most commonly advertised healthcare practitioner jobs. Registered Nurse continued to be the most in-demand occupation. Licensed Practical and Vocational Nurse, Occupational Therapist, and Physical Therapist were also among the commonly required healthcare jobs. Of these jobs, Occupational Therapist is likely to be the hardest-to-recruit, scoring a 79 on our Hiring Scale. Our Hiring Scale ranks recruiting difficulty on a scale of 1 to 99, with 99 meaning hardest-to-fill. There is also a low number of candidates per unique job ad for Occupational Therapists throughout the US, 7 candidates per ad. This indicates that Recruiters are facing a lot of pressure to fill these openings. Recruiters are also likely to see longer than average posting periods for Occupational Therapist positions. Job ads for this occupation remain posted online for an average of 62 days (about 9 weeks.) This is the time it takes Recruiters to post a job ad, collect resumes, and begin the interviewing process. For comparison, Licensed Practical and Vocational Nurses had the lowest Hiring Scale score, 20, meaning that recruiting for this job is likely to be less challenging. On average, there are about 31 candidates per unique ad for this job and the average posting period is 50 days, about 7 weeks.
Most In-Demand Healthcare Jobs and Their Hiring Difficulty
SOURCE: WANTED Analytics
However, these conditions are likely to vary throughout the US. In different metro areas, recruiting difficulty, average posting periods, and market pressure may be better or worse. For example, in Albany, NY, recruiting conditions for Occupational Therapists are likely to be less challenging, scoring a 21 on our Hiring Scale. Job ads are also posted online for a shorter period of time, 46 days (6.5 weeks.) In this same metro area, there are about 17 candidates per job ad. If you happen to be filling this job and relocation is an option, Albany, NY would be an appropriate alternative location to source talent.