With hiring levels consistently on the rise, the outlook for employment in healthcare is brighter than some other industries. Some sectors of the industry, however, continue to be plagued by staffing shortages and trouble with recruitment.
Since the pandemic hit, most areas in healthcare have averaged hiring growth annually, outweighing minor fluctuations month-to-month and surpassing pre-pandemic levels.
From 2020 to 2022, the industry gained more than 450,000 jobs, according to estimates based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
However, hiring levels at nursing homes and residential care facilities remain extremely short of where they were prior to the pandemic. The sector has continued to struggle with recruiting and retaining enough staff to effectively care for patients.
Some hospitals have created their own internal staffing agencies and boosted their recruitment efforts to fill open positions.