Healthcare Jobs Forecast Tricky
Despite the cloudy nature of the job market, he says that AMN is seeing solid demand from its clients. In terms of which hot jobs should see good movement in the future, Seedig points to specialists, particularly those involved in care management.
"You hear so much about decreasing the amount of readmissions and having better outcomes, so everything surrounds more efficiency, better outcomes, and not being penalized for readmissions," he says. "Now the case managers and the social workers are helping the patient navigate through their care and providing the best care."
Case managers, Seedig points out, are a particularly useful position for hospitals. These workers are important in determining if a patient is ready to move out of acute care, and can help a hospital avoid readmission penalties, since once a patient is moved out of acute care, treatment costs are reduced.
On the other end of the spectrum, certain jobs are tough for providers to fill due to high demand and low supply. Seedig cites occupational therapists, physical therapists, and speech pathologists as three positions that are on the high demand/low supply spectrum. He notes that these jobs have high education requirements and require six to eight years of training, which contributes to low workforce supply.
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