2015’s Best Healthcare Jobs and Their Salaries

  • jobs & the economy
  • January 13, 2015
Read about the latest healthcare jobs in-demand for 2016 here.
 
Following a positive trend in 2014, many economists and reports suggest the U.S. economy and job market are positioned to yield steady growth in 2015. Each year, Randstad US publishes its list of Hot Jobs in demand as determined by our industry expert recruiters. The predictions are based on field market research, as well as an analysis of 2015 economic projections and market trends. So ​what does it take to attract, engage and retain top talent in the healthcare field? We analyzed the data and compiled a national healthcare job market overview that lists the top three most in-demand jobs in these two healthcare areas:

Nursing and Allied Health
Physicians

unfilled healthcare jobs come with a cost

  • With over 400,000 current healthcare job openings to fill across the U.S., there’s an average of 43 candidates per job opening.
  • Nationally, healthcare jobs stay vacant for around 50 days, which means that one unfilled healthcare job can cost a healthcare facility an average of $7,700.
  • A company can lose over $14,000 if a position stays vacant for three months or longer.
  • Unfilled healthcare jobs can also come at a nonfinancial cost: patient safety.
Organizations and candidates alike need to understand the market, take advantage of the new contingent workforce and establish strategic partnerships to be successful. Take a closer look at the current conditions for the national healthcare job market and healthcare’s most in-demand clinical jobs for 2015.

national healthcare job market

Knowing the national average salaries of healthcare professionals is important to both hiring managers and job seekers. Hiring managers need to be educated on what competing employers are paying their employees in order to offer the best and most appropriate compensation to attract top talent. Job seekers will benefit from knowing what their counterparts are earning in the market when negotiating their own salaries.

where are all the candidates?

Although healthcare professionals are present across the country, CareerBuilder indicates that active candidates are most concentrated along the East Coast and in California. This is important to hiring managers looking to recruit staff across the country. It’s essential for employers to know the job market and where the talent is located. For job seekers, it’s vital to know where the competition lies, what some of the emerging industry trends are and if relocation is necessary in order to find the best opportunities.

social media: matching employers and candidates

Utilizing social channels such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter assists companies and candidates in finding each other. According to the 2014 Jobvite Job Seeker Nation Study, 93% of recruiters are likely to view a candidate’s social profile and 42% have reconsidered a candidate based on content viewed in a social profile. Public sharing of personal information makes maintaining professionalism on social media sites imperative for job seekers.


who is hiring?

Hiring managers need to be aware of what the competition has to offer potential employees. Are their employer brands more attractive? Knowing and understanding what other facilities are offering candidates allows talent acquisition teams to build a more competitive benefits and compensation package. This helps to attract the right candidates who will be best suited for their organizations. As a job seeker, it’s crucial to know which facilities are hiring healthcare professionals as in-demand positions become available.

According to WANTED Analytics*, these companies are currently looking to hire the most healthcare professionals:



how difficult it is to find qualified healthcare talent in an increasingly competitive market?

According to the CareerBuilder Hiring Indicator*, on average, healthcare positions are considered slightly harder than average to recruit for when compared to all other positions posted on CareerBuilder.



nursing and allied health

salary

The median salary offered on a national scale for nursing/allied healthcare jobs is $84,800.




labor and delivery nurses

where are the labor and delivery nurses?

According to CareerBuilder*, labor and delivery nurses can be found across the US, but active candidates are highly concentrated in New York City, Chicago and Philadelphia. Currently, there is a low supply of labor and delivery nurses compared to open positions available, making this position relatively difficult to fill in certain locations.


who is looking for labor and delivery nurses?

According to WANTED Analytics*, the organizations currently looking to hire the most labor and delivery nurses are:



how difficult is it to recruit a labor and delivery nurse?



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disease management nurses

where are the disease management nurses?

Disease management nurses can be found across the US, but CareerBuilder* shows that active candidates are highly concentrated in New York City, Chicago and Miami/Fort Lauderdale. Even though the supply of potential candidates compared to open positions available is comparable, disease management nurses are slightly difficult to fill in certain locations due to the unique skill sets required.


who is looking for disease management nurses?

According to WANTED Analytics*, the organizations currently looking to hire the most disease management nurses are:



how difficult is it to recruit a disease management nurse?




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pharmacists


where are the pharmacists?

Active pharmacists can be found across the US, but are highly concentrated in New York City, Chicago and Philadelphia, according to CareerBuilder*. Even though the supply of potential candidates compared to open positions available is comparable, pharmacist’s are a slightly difficult job to fill in certain locations due to the unique skill sets required.


who is looking for pharmacists?

According to WANTED Analytics*, the organizations currently looking to hire the most pharmacists are:




how difficult is it to recruit a pharmacist?





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physicians

salary

The median salary offered on a national scale for physicians jobs is $226,150.





primary care physicians


where are the primary care physicians?

CareerBuilder* indicates that active primary care physician candidates can be found across the US, but are concentrated in New York City, Miami/Fort Lauderdale and Los Angeles. Like other healthcare positions we have reviewed, there is a low supply of potential primary care physicians compared to open positions available, making this position relatively hard to fill in certain locations.


who is looking for primary care physicians?

According to WANTED Analytics*, the organizations currently looking to hire the most primary care physicians are:



how difficult is it to recruit primary care physicians?





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emergency medicine physicians


where are the emergency medicine physicians?

Active emergency medicine physician candidates can be found across the US, but CareerBuilder* indicates they are concentrated in New York City, Chicago and Miami/Fort Lauderdale. Currently there is a low supply of potential candidates compared to open emergency medicine positions available, making this position relatively difficult to fill in certain locations.


who is looking for emergency medicine physicians?

According to WANTED Analytics*, the organizations currently looking to hire the most emergency medicine physicians are:



how difficult is it to recruit an emergency medicine physician?





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hospitalists


where are the hospitalists?

Hospitalists can be found across the US, but CareerBuilder* notes active candidates are in Memphis, Daytona Beach and Nashville. The supply of candidates versus the demand for hospitalists is low, making positions with this skillset harder to fill in certain locations.


who is looking for hospitalists?

According to WANTED Analytics*, the organizations currently looking to hire the most hospitalists are:



how difficult is it to recruit a hospitalist?





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methodology

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