Workforce Data — Volume 5
Healthcare Jobs Continue to Lead National Employment Scene
Job gains in the healthcare industry continued to lead the pack in April in the Unites States. Overall, the employment increase of recent months has slowed, but not in healthcare, where jobs increased by 44,000 for the month, according to the latest Employment Situation data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The biggest increase occurred in hospitals at 23,000, continuing to confound the past notion that hospitals would contract as outpatient care expands. Ambulatory healthcare services grew by 19,000. Healthcare continues to grow at its most robust pace in history, increasing by more than a half-million jobs over the last 12 months.
A recent analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics employment data by Forbes magazine found that healthcare dominates 13 of the 20 fastest growth jobs in the United States.
While wind turbine service technicians topped the list at a 108% growth rate, healthcare jobs take the next four spaces on the list. Occupational therapy assistants and physical therapy assistants hold the second and third spots with healthy 43% and 41% growth rates, respectively. Physical therapy aides and home health aides rounded out the top five, with respective growth rates of 39% and 38%.
Further down the list at No. 7 were nurse practitioners, with a growth rate of 35%; physical therapists tied for the 8th spot, growth rate 34%; and physicians assistants, tied for the 12th spot, growth rate 30%. Audiologists and optometrists also made the top 20 list.
Where Nurses Want to Work
The best place in the United States to work if you’re a registered nurse is Washington state. A recent WalletHub analysis of 14 metrics in 50 states and the District of Columbia crowned the Evergreen state as the darling of the employment market for RNs. The state ranked high in both “opportunity and competition” and “work environment” categories.
The rest of the top five, in order, were Illinois, Texas, Oregon and Iowa. Nurses looking to find states where they can put the most money in their pocket can choose Nevada, Wyoming and Idaho: the top three states for highest annual nursing salary adjusted for cost of living. Michigan and Texas are four and five on that list. The lowest annual salaries when adjusted for cost of living are Maine, New York, Vermont, District of Columbia, and Hawaii.
The District of Columbia finished first on one list: most nursing job openings per capita.
Match Day 2016: A Glimpse at the Nation’s Future Physician Workforce
How many future doctors are getting the chance to pursue their dream jobs?
According to the results of the 2016 National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), this year’s Match was the biggest one ever. More than 42,300 applicants vied for 30,750 training positions in residency programs. This year, there were 27,860 first-year positions in more than 4,800 residency programs offered to medical students/graduates. That’s 567 more positions than there were in 2015.
That’s not enough to solve the physician shortage, but it’s a trend heading in the right direction.
Primary care accounted for a sizeable chunk of those 27,000+ positions offered to future doctors, too: 13,744 in total, of which 13,484 were filled. The NRMP notes that the number of primary care positions has grown by 22.4% since 2012.
Not every applicant was fortunate enough to receive a match. But those applicants still have a chance to continue their training as physicians. During the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program, or SOAP, 1,097 applicants were able to find and fill one of the 1,178 unfilled spots in residency programs.
Some specialties however, did not have any unfilled positions after the initial match. There were no remaining first-year positions in Dermatology, Orthopaedic Surgery, Radiation-Oncology, and Vascular Surgery, and there were fewer than five in Neurological Surgery, Otolaryngology, General Surgery, and integrated Plastic Surgery.