As practitioner and technical healthcare jobs expected to grow 16.4%, competition also rises

It’s no secret, the healthcare technology industry is rapidly growing. According to the December Monthly Labor Review from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment gains by 2024 will be led by the healthcare industry, which is expected to contribute nearly a third of all new jobs. Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations are expected to grow 16.4 percent and healthcare support occupations a whopping 23 percent. We are already experiencing a shortfall of healthcare and technical expertise – so where will we find this talent?

As we’ve seen with the boom in Silicon Valley and beyond, the competition for talent is becoming increasingly intense. Technology experts often have the choice to work for several great companies that offer amazing perks like free lunches and a shuttle to work. Who said there’s no such thing as a free lunch?

Talent doesn’t appear overnight, it’s cultivated in classrooms and with hands-on experience. It takes time to turn our youth into tomorrow’s technology experts. Despite many tech companies connecting with the local communities and universities to offer hackathons, boot camps and ‘Hour of Code’ events, the shortage needs filled before these students will have even graduated from school.

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