Healthcare Job Growth Greatest in 2018

Healthcare Job Growth Greatest in 2018

Opportunity abounds for healthcare business professionals in an expanding market.

The healthcare sector created one in seven new jobs in the United States in 2018, per preliminary data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Although many of those jobs are clinical, the repercussion is a growing demand for support ranks such as coding, billing, compliance, management, etc. It’s possible, even, that the BLS is under-reporting our sector.

Healthcare is Fertile Job Market

When looking for a new job, rather than look to fill a position that has recently become available, consider looking newly-created positions that have been created due to the recent demand for healthcare workers. We work in an economic segment that is growing significantly and, although some of the work can be off-shored, much of the work must be performed in the United States, assuring a ready supply of open opportunities.

Healthcare Data from BLS

New data from the BLS projections indicate the healthcare sector employment will grow 18 percent between 2016 and 2026, which is considered “much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 2.4 million new jobs.”

“This projected growth is mainly due to an aging population leading to greater demand for healthcare services,” BLS said.

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The BLS Healthcare Occupations site appears to be missing a large sector, however, listing our support under one category entitled “Medical Records and Health Information Technicians.” It appears that the BLS is years behind the industry, leaving out compliance professionals, medical coders, auditors, educators, practice managers, medical billers, etc. As such they may have even underestimated the hiring potential for our industry.

Barbara Cobuzzi

Barbara Cobuzzi

Barbara J. Cobuzzi, MBA, CPC, CENTC, COC, CPC-P, CPC-I, CPCO, AAPC Fellow, is a consultant with CRN Healthcare Solutions in Tinton Falls, N.J. She is consulting editor for Otolaryngology Coding Alert and has spoken, taught, and consulted widely on coding, reimbursement, compliance, and healthcare-related topics nationally. Barbara also provides litigation support as an expert witness for providers and payers.Cobuzzi is a member of the Monmouth, N.J., AAPC local chapter.
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Barbara J. Cobuzzi, MBA, CPC, CENTC, COC, CPC-P, CPC-I, CPCO, AAPC Fellow, is a consultant with CRN Healthcare Solutions in Tinton Falls, N.J. She is consulting editor for Otolaryngology Coding Alert and has spoken, taught, and consulted widely on coding, reimbursement, compliance, and healthcare-related topics nationally. Barbara also provides litigation support as an expert witness for providers and payers. Cobuzzi is a member of the Monmouth, N.J., AAPC local chapter.

One Response to “Healthcare Job Growth Greatest in 2018”

  1. comment says:

    I think the sector you’re talking about (compliance professionals, coders, auditors, educators, managers, billers) would fall under “Medical and Health Services” Managers”

    https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm#tab-1

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