The changing face of today’s healthcare industry has received extensive media coverage in recent months, but what isn’t being talked about is what’s beneath the surface: a serious and widening skills gap between the abilities hiring managers need in candidates for their open positions, and the skill sets of the individuals applying for those jobs.

Thousands of middle-skill healthcare jobs – positions requiring some education and training beyond simply a high school degree – remain unfilled across the country, in spite of above-average unemployment and chronic underemployment in many places where these opportunities exist. 

Finding the right candidates

Employers have hiring needs which demand specific technical skills underrepresented in today’s workforce; increasingly, healthcare operations are turning to schools where skilled training is emphasized and graduates have experience on the same kinds of equipment used in the field today.

“In today’s job market, individuals looking to launch long-term careers need hands-on experience to overcome the skills gap that exists in many industries.”

“In today’s job market, individuals looking to launch long-term careers need hands-on experience to overcome the skills gap that exists in many industries,” says Shaun McAlmont, CEO of the Lincoln Group of Schools.  “That’s especially true in healthcare, one of the areas most vital to our nation’s economy and to the well-being of our society.  Schools like Lincoln offer the programs job-seekers need to build the skills healthcare employers look for.”

Acquiring skills

Careers such as Medical Assistant, Dental Assistant, Medical Coding and Billing, Registered Nurse, Practical Nurse, and more require hands-on skills that are lacking in much of the workforce.  This is driving double-digit growth projections  for these careers in many states around the country – and students can turn to schools  acquire the skills needed to qualify for them. Every day, hiring managers in healthcare facilities such as hospitals, clinics, private practices and more are faced with the skills gap McAlmont mentions as they look to fill their open positions – but with the right training, candidates can bridge that gap and launch amazing new careers.