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Most Difficult Healthcare Jobs to Fill in 2016 – By the Numbers

By: Jeff Johnson   |   February 14, 2017

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. Here are analyst predictions of the top three most difficult to fill healthcare jobs for employers nationally in 2016. How are your recruiting efforts going this year in these areas?

Top 3:

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 nationally our country is in the midst of challenging times for companies that recruit healthcare professionals. 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.

Is your company experiencing challenges that mirror what’s happening this year nationally? Could you use some help finding and recruiting top healthcare talent for your organization? If yes, contact us and we can put a plan together to meet your hiring needs. Want to learn more about Why You Need a “Partner-Oriented” Recruiting Agency to support your healthcare business? Read Our Post on the Subject

Are you a clinician or other healthcare professional wondering how these numbers affect your situation? Contact us and we can discuss how these trends impact your situation and learn about our C.A.R.E.E.R. Search Process to help you take the next right steps in your career.