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Report: Health IT Creates Ample Opportunities for Job Seekers

December 16, 2011

Seattle-based MedZilla reports that on the heels of encouraging employment news at the end of November, critics have been skeptical that seasonal retail hiring has skewed statistics presenting an overly optimistic economic outlook. However, reports from the past few months show a steady increase in overall job availability, countering suggestions that this economic upturn is merely a fluke. The Healthcare field continues to lead the country in job availability, bringing in workers from a variety of fields in order to meet its demands. Industry experts agree that with government EHRs and EMRs, compliance deadlines fast approaching, there is a significant demand for IT professionals with healthcare experience.

In spite of reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) of another decrease in unemployment, naysayers continue to cast a doubtful eye on the U.S. economic recovery, MedZilla said. “Many have dismissed the report stating that the more than half a million new jobs created in the last month were a result of a temporary rise in seasonal hiring, or suggested that the figures had not taken into account discouraged job-seekers no longer considered a part of the labor pool,” the report said. “Despite concerns that the current drop in unemployment is temporary, the long-term numbers suggest that recent employment statistics can be safely attributed to an overall recovery pattern.

Close examination of the figures from last month suggest that this positive growth has been months in the making. There are specific industries outside of retail and hospitality that have seen a continuous rise in employment opportunities. The number of available healthcare and related industry positions rose in November, with 17,000 new jobs produced in the medical field alone. These developments have resulted in an average of 27,000 new jobs being added every month, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov, 12/2/2011).

“The statistics over the past few months have been more than encouraging. They are a real light at the end of the tunnel. Various industries are beginning to regroup; making adjustments to fit an evolving market. That’s not inconsistent with what we know to happen historically after major structural shifts in the economy. What we’re seeing, and what we hope we’ll continue to see, are new employment markets opening up where these new industries are being formed. Health IT is a perfect example of this. Here you have two, previously separate industries that are rapidly growing into one another. Where the two meet you have an opportunity to explore a completely new labor pool,” said Del Johnston, manager of client relations at MedZilla, a healthcare, pharmaceutical, and biotech employment information provider.

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