Employment opportunities in healthcare are rising despite sluggish growth in the nation’s general labor market.
According to newly released figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employers added 115,000 workers in April, down 39,000 from March and 45,000 less than economists’ forecasts.
But despite lackluster hiring figures for the economy in general, healthcare job opportunities are booming with 19,000 new jobs added in April and 26,000 added the previous month.
A report by the Collegiate Employment Research Institute (CERI) found hiring is up 11 percent in the healthcare industry across all degree levels – a trend that is expected to continue in the months and years ahead. For example, it’s expected that by the year 2020 more than 700,000 new nursing jobs will need to be filled by workers in the U.S. labor force.
“It is encouraging to see that careers in healthcare continue to grow, especially as the need in this industry continues to rise,” said Rasmussen College Director of Career Services, Tamryn Hennessy. “At Rasmussen College, our School of Health Sciences curriculum includes hands-on experience in clinical settings and is focused around requirements identified by industry leaders so that our graduates enter the job market prepared to make an immediate contribution to their employers success.”
Despite stagnant unemployment numbers, the future also looks brighter for this year’s graduates. According to a recent survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, businesses expect to hire 9.5 percent more college graduates this year than last.