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Healthcare Job Growth Boosts Employment Stats

Chelsea Rice, for HealthLeaders Media, October 8, 2012

"You would think with more positions open, that healthcare facilities might lower their standards, but they've actually become more selective. The criteria are up. We have a very difficult time placing someone without a solid five years of experience."

But while hospitals hired more doctors, more nurses, and generally more staff in September, to the tune of 8,000 more jobs, that's not where the most recent jobs report showed the most significant gains.

The delivery of healthcare outside of the hospital is telling the story of healthcare's transitions, and it's following the migration of patients to a model of care that is more personalized.

"People are getting almost all of their healthcare services standing up these days. People certainly don't want to lie down and they certainly don't want to stay overnight," says Mark V. Pauly, a healthcare economist at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Within healthcare, ambulatory care services had the largest job growth, creating 29,800 more jobs in September than August—67% of the job growth in healthcare as a whole. Making up this number were 6,600 jobs added in physicians' offices, 9,400 jobs added in outpatient care centers, and 7,800 jobs added in home health care services.

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