By Jeffrey Quinn
Monster Contributing Writer
Healthcare professionals are the third most satisfied with all aspects of their job, following closely behind engineering and finance employees, according to recent survey data released by Monster.
The survey also indicates these workers are healthily optimistic, with 81% of healthcare workers confident about finding a job within the next 12 months. Registered nurses, physical therapists and occupational therapists are currently the top three occupations in demand, by volume of available jobs within the healthcare industry along with nursing, medical and home health assistants in supporting roles. Interestingly, the top markets with opportunities for these professions include some of the most sought after and most saturated job markets in the nation such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas and Houston. More than one-third of respondents (34%) agree that there are more related job openings now than there were a year ago.
One area of dissatisfaction for healthcare employees is compensation. The survey found that few (20%) healthcare professionals believe their employers are willing to provide higher compensation compared to the previous year.
This latest survey indicates stagnant compensation levels have left healthcare professionals dissatisfied. On a more positive note, about half (45%) of the surveyed participants agreed that their employers are willing to provide the time and training needed to support a job or job function. In addition, a majority (57%) believes hiring managers understand their skills and abilities. These survey results, in combination with current levels of demand for these skills, indicate healthcare-related professionals have reason to be cautiously optimistic about their employment prospects.
Completing this picture of healthcare employment, it is important to note that every minute approximately 190 medical or health-related jobs are viewed on Monster, demonstrating high levels of activity across both job seekers and employers.
About the Survey
The Healthcare Sector set of findings are the third release of insights from Monster’s Workforce Talent survey of nearly 6,000 registered Monster users, covering general job market outlook and sentiment. Click here to see the full infographic.
From the unique perspective of the job seeker, the Monster Workforce Talent survey captures the likeliness of those employed and unemployed to actively search for a job, the challenges they face in a search as well as motivating factors driving them to seek out a new job.
Monster’s study “U.S. Workforce Talent” surveyed nearly 6,000 job seekers who are currently employed or desire employment in the next 12 months via an online survey. The study was designed to be inclusive of all Monster job seekers who have actively used their My Monster account over the past 3 years. The survey ran from January 14, 2013 to February 18, 2013.
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