Health care IT, data mining and mobile media are creating plenty of job opportunities for college graduates, according to a report by the University of California San Diego Extension.
Health care IT is No. 1 among the top 10 hot jobs for college graduates, according to a report
by the University of California San Diego Extension.
The report "2011 Hot Careers for College Graduates" aimed to reveal the top jobs for both recent grads and those in mid-career.
Researchers compiled the data based on college enrollment figures,
national employment statistics, and interviews with executives in San
The federal mandate to implement EHRs
(electronic health records)
creates a need for health care integration engineers, health care systems analysts, clinical IT consultants and technology
support specialists, the report states.
"Jobs and needs in the health care information technology field are a critical component of plans for positive
change in the health care industry," wrote Mary Walshok, associate vice
chancellor of public programs and dean of UC SD Extension, in the report.
"Although much of the anticipated reform for the U.S. health care
system revolves around financial incentives and risk, achieving the
cost efficiencies necessary to support that reform depends on more
application of information technology to daily health care operations,"
In 2008, EHR and health information technicians held 172,500 jobs,
according to the report. In the following decade (2008-2018), jobs in
this area will grow by 20 percent, according to UC San Diego Extension.
"The injection of skilled knowledge workers into the magnet of health
care information technology will not only provide solutions to immediate needs,
but also will serve as a catalyst for new and emerging types of jobs in the
coming years as the impact of health care IT takes hold," Mark Cafferty,
San Diego Workforce Partnership president and CEO, wrote in the report.
The American Health Information Management
projects around 40,000 new health care IT jobs over the next
Health care IT careers can make patient care "safer, more effective and
more efficient," Walshok noted.
"In order to implement this ambitious agenda with health care IT at the
forefront, it is critical for the health care industry to have access to enough
workers trained in the understanding and use of electronic records," said
Walshok, who cowrote the recent book "Closing America's Job Gap."
Meanwhile, data-mining and analytics positions for government
agencies such as the FBI as well as pharmaceutical, credit card and
transportation companies came in second on the top 10 list of hot jobs.
The report predicts high wages for workers in data mining, including analysts, researchers and scientists.
Geriatric health care came in third place followed by mobile media.
With news organizations, entertainment companies and advertisers using
smartphones to stream content, jobs for graphic designers, video
developers and software engineers will need to be filled, according to
Mobile applications and Web sites and the development of mobile
phone technology have created job opportunities for software engineers.
Job opportunities also abound for hygienists and ergonomists to keep the workplace free of accidents, according to the report.
Rounding out the top 10 list of hot jobs were Spanish/English translators, green jobs, ESL, financial examiners and health
care case managers.