Robots in the Operating Room: Healthcare Leads Hiring for Robotics Skills

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During June, more than 3,400 healthcare jobs in the United States required robotics experience and skills, growing 32% year-over-year, according to WANTED Analytics™.

During June 2013, more than 3,400 jobs for healthcare professionals in the United States included requirements for robotics skills and experience, according to WANTED Analytics™ (, the leading source of real-time business intelligence for the talent marketplace. As more surgeries and medical procedures utilize robotic tools, demand in healthcare now outpaces all other fields that require this skill set, including technology, production, and engineering. The number of healthcare related jobs requiring robotics grew 32% year-over-year when compared to June of 2012 and 375% in the past 4 years.

Within healthcare, the most commonly advertised job titles that include robotics requirements are Physician Assistant, Director of Surgical Services, Surgical Technician, Surgical Technologist, and Research Associate.

The metropolitan areas with the most available jobs for robotic skilled healthcare professionals in June were San Diego (CA), Sacramento (CA), Spokane (WA), New York (NY), and Tampa (FL). While employers in San Diego posted the most job ads in June, hiring demand in Tampa grew the most of these five locations. Here, the number of available job ads increased 131% compared to June of 2012. New York was the only location on this list that experienced a year-over-year decline in demand, with 43% fewer ads in 2013 than in 2012.

With demand for healthcare professionals with robotics qualifications growing steadily, it is likely to be moderately difficult to source potential candidates. As demand continues, conditions and the level of difficulty may increase. According to the Hiring Scale™, this occupation scores a 41 on average across the United States. (The Hiring Scale ranges from 1 to 99, with 99 representing the most difficult conditions.) On average, these jobs remain advertised online for more than 7 weeks, meaning that employers are likely to experience a long time-to-fill. Local conditions will vary widely, depending on regional demand and talent supply. Currently, some of the metro areas that are likely to experience the most difficulties are Anchorage (AK), Norwich (CT), and Austin (TX). Not only do these 3 locations all score significantly higher than average on the Hiring Scale, but job ads also tend to remain open longer. On average, job ads in these 3 cities stay online for 8.5 weeks.

In comparison, some of the best areas to recruit this talent are Durham-Chapel Hill (NC), New York (NY), and St. Louis (MO). In these areas, hiring demand remains low, yet there are pools of qualified potential candidates. Durham-Chapel Hill presents the least difficulties, scoring a 15 on the Hiring Scale, far below the national average of 41.

The Hiring Scale measures conditions in local job markets by comparing hiring demand and labor supply. The Hiring Scale is part of the WANTED Analytics platform that offers business intelligence for the talent marketplace.

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WANTED Analytics™ helps recruiting organizations make better decisions faster with real-time business intelligence on jobs, employers, and talent. Analytics brings together, for the first time, years of hiring demand and talent supply data to create a true talent intelligence platform for hard-to-fill positions.

Clients in the staffing, HR, RPO, media, and government sectors use WANTED Analytics™ to find sales leads, analyze employment trends, gather competitive intelligence, forecast economic conditions, and source hard-to-fill positions.

About WANTED Technologies Corporation

WANTED Technologies (TSX-V:WAN) provides real-time business intelligence for the talent marketplace. Founded in 1999, the company’s headquarters are in Quebec City, Canada, and it maintains a US-based subsidiary with primary offices in New York City. WANTED began collecting detailed Hiring Demand data in June 2005, and currently maintains a database of more than 900 million unique job listings. For more information or to sample WANTED’s services, visit

WANTED is also the exclusive data provider for The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series®, the monthly economic indicator of Hiring Demand in the United States.

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