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Health Care Jobs Are Growing—What Skills and Certifications Are Demanded?

Wanted Analytics (04/02/12) Abby Lombardi

The number of health care jobs has increased considerably over the past years. Employers posted more than 130,000 job ads for health care jobs in February, a 33% increase compared with February 2011. The number of employers looking to hire health care workers also grew in the past year. More than 15,100 employers advertised job openings for health care jobs in February, up from about 13,000 last year.

Registered nurses were the most advertised job, with more than 56,000 unique job postings in this time period, accounting for about 41% of all health care hiring demand. Other in-demand health care positions were physical therapists, occupational therapists, licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses, and speech-language pathologists. The tools and technologies most often required of potential candidates include electronic medical records; personal protective equipment; word processing; orthotics; and personnel management.