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Survey: 34% of healthcare workers to seek new job

April 30 2013

More than a third of healthcare workers, 34 percent, plan to look for a new job in 2013, according to a study from CareerBuilder. That’s up from 24 percent who said the same in a similar survey last year.

This year’s survey also found 45 percent of healthcare plan to look for a new job over the next two years. Eighty-two percent said that while they are not actively looking for a job today, they would be open to a new position if they came across the right opportunity.

“Not only are healthcare organizations dealing with a shortage of high-skill workers, they are facing higher demand fueled by an aging population and more Americans having access to medical benefits," said Jason Lovelace , president of CareerBuilder Healthcare.

The survey included both healthcare workers and healthcare employers. Other survey findings include:

  • 60 percent of healthcare workers say they are burned out on their jobs.
  • 34 percent of healthcare employers said their top staffing challenge for 2013 was lifting employee morale.
  • 34 percent of healthcare employers said they currently have open positions for which they can’t find qualified candidates. Among healthcare organizations with more than 50 employees, that figure is 43 percent.
  • 75 percent of healthcare workers say they do not earn their desired salary; 29 percent saying not anywhere near it.
  • 18 percent of healthcare workers said they are dissatisfied with their work/life balance,
  • 24 percent of healthcare workers are not satisfied with their career progress.
  • 29 percent of healthcare workers are currently trying to acquire skills in a new industry or field.

The study was conducted online by Harris Interactive on behalf of CareerBuilder among more than 500 U.S. healthcare workers and more than 240 U.S. healthcare employers.

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