Survey: Healthcare IT Jobs on the Rise

Online job postings for the healthcare IT industry have grown 53% over the past five years, according to a recent study by workforce technology and data analysis firm Burning Glass International Inc.

That’s nearly nine times more than overall job growth and more than 10 times as a fast as growth for other healthcare jobs, the study found. Further, healthcare informatics jobs now constitute the 9th largest share of healthcare jobs, according to the study.

Boston-based Burning Glass, along with the Education Advisory Board, a membership-based research company that serves senior academic and business leaders at colleges and universities, mined data from online job postings in 2012 for the study, and compared them to job postings from 2007. The analysis, titled A Growing Sector: Healthcare Informatics, was released in March.

It found that entry level healthcare IT jobs have been upgraded since 2007 and now require higher skills or certifications. For example, the number of job postings for medical records clerks, the lowest skilled healthcare IT jobs, declined 33% between 2007 and 2012. But the demand for medical coder roles, which usually require a certification and specialized clinical knowledge, increased 33%. Additionally, the number of job postings for clinical application developers and coding compliance and review specialists increased 232%, and 93% respectively, according to the study.

The study also found that clinical expertise has become a requirement for higher-level healthcare IT jobs. For example, while postings for clinical analyst positions increased 57% from 2007 to 2012, nearly a third of those from 2012 specifically requested a R.N. or background in nursing.

Burning Glass’s study also found that there were many opportunities for educators and training specialists who can offer IT training to healthcare providers and clinical training to IT specialists. Other healthcare IT jobs that have experienced growth in hiring demand over the past five years include health information technicians and health information manager/directors, which increased by 40% and 22% respectively, according to the survey.