If you’re working in the healthcare industry currently, you probably already know about the current and future labor shortages we’re facing for key positions. But how bad is the healthcare labor shortage problem really? Numbers don’t lie. Below are analyst predictions of the top three most difficult to fill healthcare jobs for employers nationally in 2016:
1 – Registered Nurses – When this year began, the Bureau of Labor Statistics was reporting that by 2022 hiring needs for this profession would grow by 19%. In that same time frame, it’s estimated that 525,000 currently working RNs will have to be replaced due to retirement – putting the actual total number of new hires anticipated at 1.05 million over the next seven years. This year alone 143,000 new RN hires will be needed to stay on pace, and many hospitals, clinics, and senior care communities are already feeling the strain of a nursing shortage that is only getting worse.
2 – Physical Therapists – At the beginning of this year, the American Physical Therapy Association estimated that the demand for physical therapists would exceed 229,000 in 2016 alone. With a pool of around 196,000 candidates nationally, a gap is expected this year of 33,000 unfilled jobs – averaging 2,750 unfilled positions per month. Many outpatient clinics and health systems throughout the country are currently in search mode for qualified Physical Therapists as needs continue to increase.
3 – Home Health Aides – It’s no surprise that this fastest growing healthcare job is also expected to be the hardest to fill this year. In the next seven years, hiring for this position is projected to rise by 48%. Approximately 86,000 positions will need to be filled in 2016 to meet the expected demand. With more home health agencies and senior communities continuing to scale operations, shortages are already very apparent for qualified Home Health Aides.
It’s clear that our country is in the midst of challenging times for healthcare recruiters. As millions more baby boomers continue to age in the next six months, healthcare companies will be seeking more help to hire top talent to meet the increased growth and demands of their businesses this year.
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