According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in the advanced healthcare market are projected to be among the 20 fastest-growing occupations in the next decade. Specifically, healthcare managers, nurse practitioners, occupational therapy assistants, and physician assistants have a 30% projected increase in the coming years. Beyond that, the industry as a whole is booming and in need of highly skilled talent looking for the right opportunity to fill a growing number of positions.

Hiring managers and healthcare administrators have begun to recognize that to fill these gaps, healthcare professionals are not just looking at benefits such as higher compensation and job stability. Indeed, many healthcare employers who have adopted popular models such as value-based care and team-based models to maximize savings are now evolving operations to protect their culture as well. These institutions are beginning to make a core shift towards advancing trust, strengthening the physician-patient relationship, and driving culture-based initiatives to help mitigate burnout and create more manageable workloads. 

Preparing for the Future of Healthcare

Healthcare has consistently been at or near the top of growing labor sectors nationwide. As the Boomer population ages and requires more care, the need is projected to only increase in order to handle the need for services throughout the industry.

The growing sectors include:

  • Practitioner Offices
  • Public and Private Hospitals
  • Residential Care Facilities
  • Home Healthcare Services
  • Outpatient Services

Key Skills Needed Across Growing Healthcare Sectors

  1. Embracing Virtual Operations

As technology and business practices advance alongside a growing population requiring services, professionals will have to be flexible with changes required to accommodate an industry that increasingly relies on virtual technologies. A.I. ( Artificial intelligence) and VR/AR (Virtual/Augmented Reality) are being further introduced into the healthcare sector to help mitigate the lack of personnel and support existing practitioners

  1. Addressing Social Disparities

As data becomes more accessible to the public about non-medical influences on the quality of care services, improving care for minorities and underserved communities has become an essential area of focus in the medical field.

  1. Connecting Physical and Mental Healthcare

Even before the pandemic, the need for improvements in the mental health sector has been obvious. More and more medical professionals are finding ways to link and blend behavioral health initiatives with physical healthcare to holistically treat their patients and initiate better outcomes. 

Embracing the healthcare industry’s evolution and planning ahead will help fill the predicted gaps for public health and increase occupational satisfaction. 

Get the support you’re seeking 

The Healthcare field offers an abundance of career choices ranging from support services to patient care. Healthcare organizations and practitioners who take note of the changing and growing trends across healthcare sectors will be positioned for success as the industry continues to evolve. 

Whether you’re a healthcare professional looking for the right opportunity within a growing industry, or an organizational leader looking for top talent to fill vacancies, Polaris Placement can help. Contact us today to learn more about how the recruitment experts at Polaris can connect specialized healthcare personnel with healthcare industry leaders.