Healthcare jobs most in demand in 2013, experts say

In this Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012 photo taken in Walpole, Mass., an advertisement in the classified section of the Boston Herald newspaper calls attention to possible employment opportunities. The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell sharply for a fourth straight week, a sign that the job market may be improving. The Labor Department said Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, that weekly applications for unemployment benefits fell 29,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 343,000, the lowest in two months. It is the second-lowest total this year. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Looking for a job? You may find some luck in the healthcare industry.

Experts say all aspects of the healthcare sector continue to be one of the fastest growing industries in 2013, with some of the most jobs in demand in Philadelphia and throughout the country.

“With the aging of the baby boomers you are seeing growth in all areas of healthcare associated with providing direct care, improving the quality of care and reducing the associated costs,” said Bonnie Sharps of DHR International, a local executive search firm.

Sharps said this trend is similar from last year, where opportunities across the industry in pharma, biotech, and diagnostic companies began to see more openings.

She said part of the reason for the industry growth is because private equity companies, which are located throughout the country and own or invest in companies in Philadelphia and surrounding areas, are very active right now.

“These organizations provide board and operating oversight which contribute to and help drive the company’s growth and success,” she said.

Some of the companies’ responsibilities include hiring CEOs and other members of the executive team.

Sharps said she also saw an uptick in strategic hiring starting in 2012, meaning hiring employees in new and expanded roles instead of just replacements, which allowed for more openings as well.

"I believe that there is continued economic improvement which encourages companies to make new investments which will require new talent and leadership," she said.

Sharps added that opportunities in the chemical industry are also in high demand this year, while there is a continued emphasis on green chemistry and sustainability in Philadelphia.

Other reports suggest the overall number of jobs are increasing this year as the economy leans toward improvement.

The Labor Department said this week that job openings ticked up 11,000 last month to 3.67 million, which is about 12 percent more than were advertised in the same month last year.

The report suggested that the number of available jobs are slowly going back to where they were before the recession hit in December 2007 at about 4 million each month.