There are two main reasons for this:
- The aging of the population – as the Baby Boom generation ages, hundreds of thousands of individuals are going to require more healthcare and medical treatments every year. This, in turn, increases the need for medical staff to tend to this growing patient demand.
- The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – The passage of this act and the re-election of President Obama means that about 32 million additional people who did not have health care previously will now have coverage. This will also increase the demand for medical treatments and preventative care services. Again, more medical staff will be needed to attend to this new demographic.
These shifts are not going to simply increase the need for medical office personnel and hospital staff. Remember, as our population ages, the need for more rehabilitation and assisted living care will rise. This will increase the need to hire qualified staff and outpatient and long-term care facilities.
Newly covered patients will require a wide range of medical attention – from preventative services to ambulatory services to pharmaceutical needs. This will positively impact the need for a wide range of healthcare professionals.
The need for physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, and others already is critical, but so is the need for long-term care workers (such as LPNs, RNs, LVNs, nurses’ aides, etc.), says Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
“With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the resulting expansion of health insurance coverage,” Sebelius wrote, “demand for services of primary care professionals will increase substantially.”
To help get more people into healthcare careers, Sebelius wrote that the Department of Health and Human Services will be funding “scholarships and loan repayment programs to increase the number of primary care physicians, nurses, physician assistants, mental health providers, and dentists in the areas of the country that need them most.”
So what does this mean for you? If you have the desire to help others, if you have the chops to learn new skills constantly and continually learn new techniques, the healthcare field can prove to be an absolutely terrific (and secure) career choice for you.
Because the demand for healthcare workers is going to continue to rise, there are going to be job opportunities available into the foreseeable future. This means that not only will there be growing demand for all healthcare professionals, there will be many different types of positions available, including:
- Temporary positions
- Contract positions
- Temporary/Contract-to-Hire opportunities
- Direct Hire positions
We love to talk to dental and medical assistants, LPNs, RNs, medical billers, and other nursing and allied health professionals about the terrific temporary and direct hire opportunities we have in cities across the country. Contact a Snelling Medical office near you today!
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