BLS Demand for Healthcare Workers Echoed by Postings

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Employment in health care rose by 33,000 jobs last month, led by opportunities in ambulatory care services (+27,000). The uptick reflected in jobs posted on

Demand for healthcare technicians outweighs the number of positions for nursing.

According to an Economic News Release from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics last week, employment in health care rose by 33,000 jobs in August. has seen a corresponding increase in job postings.

Within the industry, most of the job growth occurred in ambulatory care services (+27,000), which includes consultation, treatment or intervention conducted on an outpatient basis. Although these types of services are responsible for significantly increasing hospital expenditures, the demand has had a positive effect on the healthcare industry employment rates, which are up by 33,000, according to the latest Bureau of Labor and Statistics report.

On alone, there are currently 386,034 jobs posted. With people searching for jobs that pay a good wage, ambulatory care work fits the bill: the average hourly earnings of an ambulatory care worker are $29.60. Medical assistant jobs made up the bulk of employment by occupations as reported by BLS Industries at a Glance workforce statistics. shows the demand for healthcare technicians outweighs the number of positions for nursing. The number of job postings for physicians is the highest, with over 30,000 positions open.

Increased utilization of offices of physicians, dentists, other health practitioners, along with outpatient care centers, medical and diagnostic laboratories and home health care services contribute to the growth seen in this sector. There can be no doubt that these trends are tied to the wellness campaigns being sponsored by such influential organizations as the U.S. Center For Disease Control and Kaiser Permanente, as they encourage the public to take an active role in preventive health. Statistics published by Baby Boomer Magazine show that: “By age 65, two-thirds of all Baby Boomers have at least one chronic disease and have seen seven physicians.” Seventy-eight million members of this Boomer generation are becoming a larger part of nearly every physician's practice, which will drive the current trends seen in healthcare employment rates for years to come.

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