As Americans continue to grow older and the population becomes increasingly populated by retired and elderly people, the growth in jobs related to elder care and healthcare also continues to rise. Millions of Americans reach retirement age every year as the baby boomer generation begins its transition out of the workforce. These workers are not only leaving millions of vacancies, but they are also requiring additional help as they become elderly and require more healthcare assistance.
According to job listings taken from monster.com, the number of some healthcare job openings has risen considerably in the last year alone. From June of 2011 through June of 2012, the number of open positions for physician’s assistants and physical therapists rose about 13%.
Additionally, many hospitals and healthcare facilities report that a large portion of current positions are occupied by employees who will likely leave within the coming years. One hospital reports that at least 30% of its nursing staff is age 50 or older, and many recent nursing school graduates are finding they are being accepted for jobs almost immediately upon applying.
Other workers, such as home health aides and personal care assistants, are finding equally strong job prospects. Staffing companies are reporting that they are hiring qualified applicants for positions that aren’t even open yet because they are so confident in the strong growth of demand for these workers.