Healthcare continues to face talent shortage

Healthcare has the most job openings for physicians in family medicine, emergency medicine and internal medicine, employers reported in the first quarter, according to healthcare recruiting firm HealtheCareers Network. While employers reported that doctor positions make up 45 percent of vacancies, nursing accounted for 20 percent. Five percent of job openings were for nurse practitioners and 6 percent were for physician assistants, the report states.

"The healthcare industry continues to endure a serious talent shortage that we expect to only grow should healthcare reform be signed into law and millions of newly insured Americans require care by qualified medical professionals," HealtheCareers CEO Mike Tansey said in an announcement yesterday. Report (registration required)

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