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Industry demand is being shaped by an aging population and Healthcare occupations are projected to grow nearly twice as fast as the job market overall over the next ten years.

Healthcare

Industry demand is being shaped by an aging population and Healthcare occupations are projected to grow nearly twice as fast as the job market overall over the next ten years.

Employers face the dual challenge of replacing older workers in the workforce as well as increasing workers to meet demand as the population ages. The rapid expansion of healthcare roles and the volume of hiring needed will put pressure on employers to have well-articulated pipelines and hiring systems in place. Three of the four fastest projected growth (minimum 500 employed) healthcare occupations directly respond to an aging population: Physical and Occupational Therapist Assistants and Home Health Aides. Many employers noted the reduction in high school level training, suggesting the need for healthcare CTE programs to return.

Healthcare roles require increased digital skills overall, especially as technological and regulatory changes impact the industry. With the increase in electronic medical records and online patient portals, employers expect staff to be able to interact with computers and digital records. In addition, representatives from the healthcare sector noted their industry is experiencing a paradigm shift to a customer service driven model. Positions at all ends of the healthcare spectrum, from physicians to laboratory technicians to certified nursing assistants, now have increasing potential to be customer facing and the need to communicate and provide customer service will only increase. Healthcare leaders indicate that as the first point of contact for patients and family members, LPNs must have strong service skills.

Deirdre Kane Production Analyst – Highmark

Summary of Healthcare Jobs in the Pittsburgh Region

2015 Employment
115,552
Median Salary
$54,665
Projected Growth Rate
12.95%
Annual Openings 2015-2025
9,277
Percentage Requiring Bachelor's Degree
11.58%

Occupations

Explore jobs in high-demand in Healthcare.

  • Registered Nurses

    29,579

  • Nursing Assistants

    13,579

  • Home Health Aides

    12,242

  • Medical Assistants

    5,661

  • Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses

    5,632

  • Physicians and Surgeons, All Other

    4,365

  • Pharmacy Technicians

    3,122

  • Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics

    3,072

  • Pharmacists

    2,677

  • Physical Therapists

    2,451

  • Exercise Physiologists

    124.00%

  • Physical Therapist Aides

    40.00%

  • Occupational Therapy Aides

    34.00%

  • Podiatrists

    33.00%

  • Physical Therapist Assistants

    31.00%

  • Occupational Therapy Assistants

    30.00%

  • SpeechLanguage Pathologists

    28.00%

  • Home Health Aides

    25.00%

  • Opticians, Dispensing

    24.00%

  • Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

    21.00%

  • Psychiatrists

    $176,200

  • Podiatrists

    $155,380

  • Nurse Anesthetists

    $151,660

  • Dentists, General

    $141,200

  • Pharmacists

    $107,140

  • Optometrists

    $95,980

  • Veterinarians

    $92,920

  • Nurse Practitioners

    $88,100

  • Physician Assistants

    $84,460

  • Physical Therapists

    $80,050

Healthcare Occupation Summary

Healthcare Occupation Summary
Occupation Employment 2015 Median Salary Projected Growth Rate Projected Openings 2015-2025 % Requested BA
Chiropractors 369 $67,850 18.00% 16 N/A
Dentists, General 619 $141,200 4.00% 20 N/A
Dietitians and Nutritionists 621 $49,990 8.00% 35 N/A
Optometrists 395 $95,980 20.00% 21 N/A
Pharmacists 2,677 $107,140 2.00% 106 N/A
Family and General Practitioners 558 N/A 3.00% 18 N/A
Psychiatrists 227 $176,200 8.00% 8 N/A
Surgeons 11 N/A 0.00% N/A N/A
Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 4,365 N/A 9.00% 165 N/A
Physician Assistants 1,056 $84,460 11.00% 57 N/A
Podiatrists 19 $155,380 33.00% 1 N/A
Occupational Therapists 1,573 $67,720 20.00% 95 N/A
Physical Therapists 2,451 $80,050 21.00% 144 N/A
Radiation Therapists 63 $62,680 8.00% 3 N/A
Recreational Therapists 73 $42,700 11.00% 4 N/A
Respiratory Therapists 1,335 $51,770 10.00% 67 30.00%
SpeechLanguage Pathologists 980 $71,290 28.00% 70 N/A
Exercise Physiologists 7 $51,640 124.00% 1 N/A
Therapists, All Other 37 $53,350 19.00% 2 N/A
Veterinarians 55 $92,920 0.00% 2 N/A
Registered Nurses 29,579 $61,220 13.00% 1,693 37.00%
Nurse Anesthetists 402 $151,660 10.00% 17 N/A
Nurse Practitioners 414 $88,100 17.00% 22 N/A
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners, All Other 170 $64,620 0.00% 7 N/A
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists 1,953 $53,280 4.00% 94 83.00%
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians 1,866 $35,980 3.00% 89 24.00%
Dental Hygienists 1,889 $55,800 9.00% 101 31.00%
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians 569 $44,590 19.00% 35 N/A
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers 531 $54,950 21.00% 34 N/A
Nuclear Medicine Technologists 236 $58,460 1.00% 11 N/A
Radiologic Technologists 2,375 $48,430 6.00% 119 24.00%
Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists 156 $54,780 3.00% 7 N/A
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics 3,072 $31,160 16.00% 191 N/A
Dietetic Technicians 98 $20,040 21.00% 7 N/A
Pharmacy Technicians 3,122 $28,700 5.00% 189 N/A
Psychiatric Technicians 394 $29,330 9.00% 26 8.00%
Respiratory Therapy Technicians 52 $41,880 -17.00% 3 N/A
Surgical Technologists 843 $37,690 12.00% 57 N/A
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians 454 $31,740 3.00% 27 N/A
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 5,632 $42,140 15.00% 359 N/A
Medical Records and Health Information Technicians 1,534 $36,680 11.00% 94 31.00%
Opticians, Dispensing 802 $38,270 24.00% 57 N/A
Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other 590 $37,120 10.00% 32 N/A
Occupational Health and Safety Specialists 549 $69,690 -1.00% 24 N/A
Occupational Health and Safety Technicians 114 $44,000 0.00% 5 N/A
Athletic Trainers 151 $37,650 14.00% 9 N/A
Home Health Aides 12,242 $21,030 25.00% 1,654 1.22%
Psychiatric Aides 102 $34,430 8.00% 12 0.51%
Nursing Assistants 13,579 $27,380 7.00% 1,607 1.14%
Orderlies 900 $24,580 5.00% 105 2.09%
Occupational Therapy Assistants 705 $47,670 30.00% 98 2.71%
Occupational Therapy Aides 147 $27,090 34.00% 21 1.76%
Physical Therapist Assistants 863 $47,920 31.00% 115 1.33%
Physical Therapist Aides 389 $31,610 40.00% 55 1.64%
Massage Therapists 215 $29,550 17.00% 26 0.44%
Dental Assistants 2,001 $32,050 6.00% 234 0.83%
Medical Assistants 5,661 $27,750 15.00% 730 1.10%
Medical Equipment Preparers 412 $28,710 8.00% 53 1.16%
Medical Transcriptionists 1,238 $34,820 -9.00% 118 1.83%
Pharmacy Aides 471 $26,840 0.00% 59 1.16%
Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers 210 $22,880 0.00% 29 0.84%
Phlebotomists 1,094 $28,160 11.00% 125 1.03%
Healthcare Support Workers, All Other 285 $37,140 3.00% 35 0.69%
Totals / Averages 115,552 $54,665 12.95% 9,277 11.58%
Healthcare is traditionally behind in technology changes. In the future, networking, development and automation technology skills will shift from technical to core skills for most key positions.

Skills

  • Patient Care
  • Treatment Planning
  • Collaboration
  • Patient/Family Education and Instruction
  • Home Health
  • Rehabilitation Services
  • Patient Safety
  • Cancer Knowledge
  • Therapy
  • Pharmacist
  • Organizational Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Quality Assurance and Control
  • Problem Solving
  • Writing
  • Critical Thinking
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Planning

Hybrid Jobs: Blending Diverse Skill Sets Into A Single Role

Many jobs are merging discrete skill sets into single roles that are more complex than in the past. In Healthcare, increased management skills are in demand across occupations, particularly in nursing and for home health staff. Employers face a challenge with the supervision of remote staff in healthcare, which is a new skill set that will continue to grow. Customer service skills are increasingly important across clinical care occupations: Employers seek customer service skills across nursing roles, registrars, phlebotomists, and more, due to the importance of building relationships with patients and the increased importance of quality of care metrics. Entry level clinical positions also need these skills as employers view patients as long-term customers.

Upskilling: Employers Request Higher-Level Skills

The changing nature of jobs means that many occupations require new, more advanced skills.  Many healthcare employers noted an increased demand for specialized nurses (e.g. trauma, geriatrics, etc.) however training for these roles is typically on the job, meaning that new entrants to the field are not immediately qualified for these roles. Employers express a desire for new entrants to the market to have more robust clinical experience than is commonly available through training programs. Business and analysis skills are also becoming more relevant for healthcare professionals. As healthcare becomes more outcome focused, healthcare workers are expected to have a stronger understanding of the business implications of their care decisions and to be savvier at working with various forms of health data.

Healthcare is moving to a new customer focused model, but we still need the clinical and technical expertise.

Opportunities

Explore top employers in the region, supply and demand information.

Healthcare

    • UPMC Health System
    • Highmark Health
    • Excela Health
    • Heritage Valley Health System
    • The Washington Hospital
    • St. Clair Hospital
    • HCR ManorCare
    • Butler Health System
    • Pittsburgh Mercy Health System
    • Concordia Lutheran Ministries

Life Sciences

    • Thermo Fisher Scientific
    • Philips Respironics
    • Bayer Health Care
    • Zoll Lifecor
    • Aesynt
    • Quest Diagnostics
    • HVL/Douglas Laboratories
    • Mylan, Inc.
    • BioTronics
    • RJ Lee Group Inc

Current Supply represents new graduates (IPEDS)
Future Demand represents average annual openings in the last 10 Years

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