If you're in the healthcare field, you're probably aware that many changes are - and will be - occurring throughout hospitals, medical clinics and the like. Impending changes to healthcare coverage and the aging baby boomer population could mean significant changes in how medical facilities are staffed, particularly as it relates to nurses.
In the coming months and years, millions of Americans who are currently uninsured will get healthcare coverage, most likely increasing the demand for nurses. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the outlook is excellent for registered nurse job opportunities. In fact, the job ranks as #4 on its list of occupations with the largest projected number of job openings. The states with the highest predicted nursing shortages are California, Texas and Florida.
Nurses, the job market is in your favor. The BLS estimates that 495,000 RNs and 200,000 LPNs will be needed by 2020. That's a 26% growth rate, which is above the 14% average for all occupations. The LPN/LVN field is estimated to grow by 22%.
So, why the above average rate of growth? As mentioned above, changes in healthcare coverage will play a significant role, but there's more to it than that. The medical field is always researching and implementing new treatments and technologies; technological advancements and increasing advancements on preventative care will also play a role. The baby boomer generation is leading more active lives and living longer, therefore requiring more healthcare services.
If you're thinking about going into nursing, think about this - U.S. News ranked registered nurse as #2 in their 100 Best Jobs list. The jobs were ranked based on offering a "mosaic of employment opportunity, good salary, manageable work-life balance and job security."
Here at Advanced Resources we're excited about what's to come for the nursing and other healthcare fields. Contact us today if you're looking for talent or a job in one of these areas.