The consensus of the experts I spoke with is that jobs in the health care sector were the election’s big winners. According to Tracey Wilen-Daugenti, managing director of the Apollo Research Institute, with the full implementation of Obamacare in 2014, the need for health care professionals is expected to grow dramatically.
Based on interviews Apollo recently conducted for the forthcoming book “Women Lead,” here are some of the anticipated trends that will affect employment in the industry:
- Nurses and the care team will become more prominent in patient care. Because doctors will be increasingly stretched, more nurses will specialize in expert areas, increasing their education and taking on more MD activities. Highly educated nurses will have a wealth of career opportunities as they move into these larger and more specialized roles.
- Health care will push out to the community. As the duration of hospital stays decreases, more care will occur within the community or at home. There will be an increase in a variety of at-large health care experts, i.e., more on-call physicians and nurses and expanded assistance from local pharmacists.