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Thursday, August 28, 2008


Positive Employment Outlook for Medical Jobs

Despite a number of highly publicized layoffs in June, the employment outlook for a variety of Medical Jobs seems to be looking brighter. In July, a career website that specializes in healthcare employment, reported a gain of 33,000 new jobs. Of the new jobs posted, 21,000 were in ambulatory health care and 10,000 were announcements for positions in various hospitals. After June’s mass layoffs, this refreshing news has many breathing as sigh of relief.

One of the areas that seemed to take a drastic hit during the middle of the summer was the pharmaceutical industry. Despite a more positive outlook for medical jobs, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer and Schering-Plough all announced that they still planned to reduce the number of individuals they employed.

Layoffs may not seem like good news, but in a portion of healthcare that is often riddled with job losses, the news that no company announced that they would be letting go of more than 500 employees is seen as a move in the right direction. Many experts believe this maybe a sign that the pharmaceutical industry is stabilizing.

“Last month had the smallest number of layoffs in biotech and pharmaceuticals that I’ve seen in quite some time,” said MedZilla’s director of Marketing Michele Hopps. “The numbers for June and July have been promising, the time to reach for that next great jobs is around the corner.”
With an increase in medical jobs being posted online and a decreasing number of layoffs in pharmaceuticals, those searching for employment in healthcare have better chances of finding a job in the current economy than most. New talent seemed to be in particularly high demand in hospitals.

Massachusetts, where job announcements increased by 2.6 percent, had the greatest number of positions posted online. California also saw a significant increase. Employers there posted a full percent more jobs than they had in previous months.

For the most part, jobs announced online in July were for primary care professionals. Other areas that remained strong included positions for educator and business development. There was also a 3.5 percent increase in the number of sales positions posted in the medical field, which some believe is another positive sign that the pharmaceutical industry is on its way back up.

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