It's official. The healthcare industry has become the top employer in the United States, employing more people than any other industry. But you probably already knew that.
As Derek Thompson writes in The Atlantic:
"This moment was inevitable. It just wasn't supposed to happen so soon."
But it did happen, this soon. And for those of us who work in the healthcare sector, either as a clinician or otherwise, this does not come as much of a surprise.
As healthcare professionals, we have felt the demands of the market and the pressure to do more, be more, and see more patients... we have seen job offers multiply, signing bonuses increase, and salaries steadily rise. We know that the aging population, technological innovation, and expansion of coverage via the ACA have all created the perfect storm for the healthcare industry in recent years.
Perhaps everyone else will know it too - healthcare now employs more people in the U.S. than any other sector - more than government, more than manufacturing, more than retail.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), healthcare practitioners and support roles will account for 14 of the 30 fastest growing occupations from 2016-2026.
The unemployment rate for the healthcare industry is just 3.0 percent, almost an entire point below the overall unemployment rate of 3.9 percent.
If you are reading this, you probably already know that healthcare is hiring, a lot. As if the market for healthcare talent weren't already insanely competitive, the market could become even more competitive in the near future for employers seeking top healthcare talent, especially physicians and advanced practitioners.
Perhaps you are here because you are interested in exploring new professional opportunities, or maybe you need to hire physicians or clinicians. Whether your goal is to hire, or work in the nation's top industry, you need a top firm. Here are a few ways to start today: