Looking for a better job? Try health IT

Folks looking for IT jobs are in a better position than many other job seekers. And that’s especially true for those looking for work in health IT. 

Overall, the IT job market is strong, with 55% of IT departments to planning to hire new full-time staff members throughout the rest of the year, according to CareerBuilder’s mid-year job forecast. That’s in addition to 46% that have already hired new IT staff in the second quarter of 2012.

Much of the demand for technology pros is being driven by the creation of new health IT jobs. As more hospitals and healthcare providers adopt electronic health records (EHRs) and other health IT systems, more organizations need in-house IT expertise for support.

Also, health IT software vendors, consultants and government agencies are creating new jobs related to the increasing prevalence of technology in health care.

Health IT among best places to work

A lot of the jobs created are desirable ones, too, as 15 healthcare organizations appear on ComputerWorld’s recent list of the 100 Best Places to Work in IT.

The organizations on the list were pulled from 375 employers that were nominated, and the rankings were based on factors such as average salaries, turnover rates, diversity in management, and training opportunities, as well as interviews with members of the IT staff. To make the list, organizations had to have at least 50 IT employees and at least 300 total employees.

These were the healthcare organizations that made the list:

  1. Lehigh Valley Health Network — Allentown, PA (No. 7 overall)
  2. Cedars-Sinai Health System — Los Angeles, CA (No. 13)
  3. Kaiser Permanente — Oakland, CA (No. 18)
  4. Palmetto Health — Columbia, SC (No. 19)
  5. HCA — Nashville, TN (No. 25)
  6. OhioHealth — Columbus, OH (No. 35)
  7. Ascension Health — St. Louis, MO (No. 55)
  8. Norton Healthcare — Louisville, KY (No. 56)
  9. Johns Hopkins Medicine — Baltimore, MD (No. 57)
  10. Miami Children’s Hospital — Miami, FL (No. 63)
  11. Cancer Treatment Centers of America — Schaumburg, IL (No. 64)
  12. H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center — Tampa, FL (No. 68)
  13. Partners HealthCare System — Boston, MA (No. 73)
  14. Carolinas HealthCare System — Charlotte, NC (No. 89)
  15. Intermountain Healthcare — Salt Lake City, UT (No. 91)

Why were those health IT employers chosen? Some things they have in common are that they give employees opportunities to work on new challenges and in emerging technologies, and many offer flexible work arrangements and, naturally, excellent health and wellness benefits.

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