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US – A boom in health care jobs

Evidence confirms the demand for health care professionals, and it’s not just for physicians and nurses but for medical records processing specialists, lab technicians, informational technology support experts and more. Capture d’écran 2014-04-28 à 09.10.16

A confluence of factors is at work, but two stand out: The aging of the baby boom generation, and the passage of the health care reform law known as Obamacare.

Obamacare alone has had an impact that is only just being felt: At least seven million previously uninsured Americans have acquired health insurance through federal and state insurance exchanges since the law was enacted, and that number could grow as high as 30 million.

The baby boom generation is creating opportunities in two ways: Aging Americans are placing demands on the system, and older health care professionals are retiring.

InformationWeek notes in a recent report that the need to develop electronic health records has created a whole subcategory of demand for health information technology professionals. Those jobs run the gamut from entry-level medical record technicians to so-called “optimization specialists” who keep the system ticking, to executive-level jobs in hospitals and clinics.

A report for FoxBusiness notes that the demand in health care will go well beyond the obvious medical specialties, creating openings for accountants, human resources professionals and attorneys with an understanding of health care issues.

Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at  ​The Big Boom In Health Care Jobs.

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