In 2014, US employers added an average of 26,000 healthcare jobs per month. But while the healthcare job market is in full swing, most job seekers haven’t caught on yet. New research from the Indeed Hiring Lab found the number of job postings for some healthcare-related positions is nearly double the number of people searching for these types of jobs, which could lead to significant talent shortages now and in the future. These findings echo research from the Association of American Medical Colleges, which predicts that by 2025, demand for physicians will grow by 11-17% while the supply will only increase by 9% (PDF).
At the same time, some healthcare occupations are experiencing growth in popularity. Last year, “healthcare administrator” was the second fastest growing job search in the country, increasing by 23% year over year. People searching for healthcare administrator roles are likely to be professionals with a high level of education and training. This is good news for the field: while some areas are facing shortages, other areas are attracting many skilled candidates.
Athletic trainer is also among the top five fastest growing job searches nationwide, with interest growing by 19% in the past year. An athletic trainer position requires highly-qualified workers who have a specific certification that includes both in-class and in-clinic training. The challenge for employers will be to raise interest in other vital healthcare roles as well.
Healthcare is a sector that can have location specific job titles, specifically in areas where certifications go by different names. For example, in California, “LVN” (Licensed Vocational Nurse) is a popular job query, but in other states where the same position is called an “LPN” (Licensed Practical Nurse), “LVN” doesn’t even appear in the top 10,000 job searches.
“It can be challenging for healthcare employers to offer flexible and remote opportunities given the timing and local needs of healthcare,” says Indeed Chief Economist Tara Sinclair. “The employers that find creative ways to build a workplace that is more attuned to workers’ needs will likely be most successful in this scarce talent environment.” Long-term solutions may lie in strategies that build the overall supply of workers, like training programs and investments in high schools and universities.
Each of these findings suggests new opportunities for recruitment and hiring in today’s healthcare job market. Learn more about these trends and the emerging interests of today’s job seeker in the latest Hiring Lab report, The Talent-Driven Economy: Emerging Interests of Today’s Job Seeker.