Healthcare Industry Adds 32,000 Jobs In February by Crystal Powers

by Houston Vetter - DocResults on March 27,

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  • Are you looking to get into a career field that offers job security, high pay, and plenty of opportunities for advancement? If so, you should seriously consider a job in healthcare. The healthcare industry is proving to be truly recession-proof as it continues to grow in the face of what many people consider to be tough economic times. As a matter of fact, the healthcare industry added 32,000 new jobs in February, and it is showing no signs of slowing down. Read on to learn more:

The report. The United State Bureau of Labor Statistics just released its February report, stating that the United States saw an overall increase of 236,000 jobs in the nonfarm industries, surpassing the previous 3-month average of 195,000 jobs and representing a substantial improvement in job growth from January, when the number reached only 119,000.

Where does the healthcare industry stand in this upturn? According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the healthcare industry was a shining star, accounting for approximately 13.6 percent of the growth–that is, 32,000 jobs. This is especially impressive considering that it is more than double the job growth in January–13,000 jobs in the healthcare industry.

Job distribution. So, which jobs in healthcare are faring the best? Ambulatory healthcare services is the leader of the pack, coming in at around 13,700 new jobs. However, it is worth noting that this increase is more than 50 percent less than January’s increase of 26,700 new ambulatory jobs. It seems that perhaps the job growth in ambulatory healthcare is leveling out after its impressive boom in January. Countering that growth/loss pattern, hospital jobs are up by 8,900 in February after a 3,100 decline in January. The home healthcare sector is holding steady with a February growth of 6,100 jobs–just a slight increase from January’s 5,700 growth.

Unemployement rates in February. On the whole, the American job market took a favorable turn, if only slightly, in the month of February, edging its unemployment rate down to a mere 7.7 percent. This represents a four year low, down from over 8 percent in February of 2012 and 9 percent in February of 2011. There are currently about 12 million unemployed people in the United States.

As you can see, it appears that there is no better time to get into the healthcare industry than now. Considering the fact that you can get your foot in the medical field door with relatively little education, there really is no reason to put off pursuing what could be your most secure employment future possible.

About the Author: Crystal Powers is a health IT specialist for a large hospital and has seen job openings in all areas of healthcare. If you’re certified, you can find epic jobs at healthitjobs.com and if you’re in the hands-on patient care sector, you should apply at local hospitals.

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