Where the Jobs Are: Healthcare and Health IT are Hot Hiring Areas
APRIL 30, 2015
Hear About Westchester's Employment Opportunities at Health Tech '15!
Westchester is home to a $15 billion healthcare industry which generates thousands of jobs, but here’s the surprise: more and more of these jobs are in IT, and they are as fast-paced and cutting edge as jobs in Silicon Alley.
For job seekers interested in working in tech, “Healthcare is the industry of the future,” explains Shaun Smith, vice president of human resources for NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System. Learn what Smith and other senior healthcare HR executives have to say about the many opportunities open to you from at Health Tech ‘15’s special panel on “Hot Jobs in Life Sciences & Healthcare: What You Need to Know,” which kicks off the conference on May 18th at 3:30 pm.
Scott Kalish, manager, recruiting and staffing, human resources at Montefiore Information Technology and a fellow panelist, agrees. Healthcare IT, he says, “is the hottest market out there, with a lot of legs, and it will be that way for many, many years to come.”
Last year, Montefiore Medical Center hired 200 people in nine weeks to support the institution’s migration to a state-of-the-art electronic medical record system called EPIC. At present, the health system has 55 open full-time positions. To fill them, Kalish goes beyond job boards to social media. “I have 10,000 followers on social media,” he says.
“There is a war on talent, and I plan on winning the war,” declares Joseph DiCarlo, senior vice president and director of human resources at WESTMED Practice Partners, a large integrated multi-specialty practice with 2,000 employees. About 100 employees are in IT. WESTMED currently lists 20 IT career opportunities on its Web site, including applicants for its recruiting “pipeline.”
A skills gap that needs to be filled
The health tech jobs available are numerous and varied, and not all of them require a tech background. Employers are looking for skills in project management and critical thinking as well, which is why at Mercy College, “we teach students durable skills that will last for years, such as how to think, organize your thinking, sift through information, work with other people, and talk and persuade people, explains Tim Hall, president. “These are skills that are important for the first job out of college, and every job thereafter,” notes Hall, who will moderate the panel discussion on May 18.
There are more than 2,500 unfilled skilled jobs in the healthcare, technology, and business sectors in this region, and there are many current employees eager to advance their career. The Hudson Valley Workforce Academy was successfully launched this year to fill the gap. Organized by The BLUEPRINT for Westchester in cooperation with members of the Westchester County Association’s integrated Healthcare Consortium and Higher Education Committee, the Academy is focused on training the existing workforce in the skills employers really need, and will offer courses in critical thinking, empathy training, communication, and management, among other areas. Employers have direct input into the curriculum, which is being offered in collaboration with the region’s 16 colleges and universities. The Academy has graduated its first class, and more courses are in development.
Hear more from these experts in education, healthcare and health IT recruiting at their panel discussion on Day One of Health Tech ’15, May 18 at 3:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Tarrytown, New York.