Thursday, February 18, 2010

Growth in Health Related Jobs

According to the US Bureau of Labor:

  • Medicine continued to be the bright spot in the economic downturn, adding 21,500 jobs in December 2009, with 8,900 in physician offices.
  • Another 2,500 were created in outpatient medical centers, and 8,000 were added to the home health care industry.  Hospital employment increased by 1,400.
  • The economy as a whole lost 85,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate held steady at 10%.

Care is shifting from inpatient settings to outpatient and home based.  The growth in home care positions outpaced hospital-based positions by a factor of almost six to one!

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