Health care INITIATIVE

Career Opportunities in Health Care

The Health Care and Social Assistance sector is a vibrant, dynamic and growing industry within the South Shore, as well as throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The industry is the largest in the region in terms of the number of individuals employed, gross wages when compared with all industries in the region, and the projected occupation growth over the next ten years

The United States will need 5.6 million more healthcare workers by 2020, as the demand for health care servcies is expected to grow twice as fast as the national economy in the next 8 years.

In 2016, health care created more jobs than any other sector, helping to drive total annual job growth to 2.2 million. In December alone, health care added 41,200 jobs.

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New Initiative to Support the Health Care Industry on the South Shore

The health care field is growing rapidly, and health care careers have a unique combination of mobility and job security. 19% of all workers in the South Shore region work in health care and Social Assistance, representing the largest industry cluster within the region. The industry is projected to add 5,000 new workers on the South Shore by 2025, and close to 18,000 new health care positions have been established in Southeastern Massachusetts since 2012.

The development and sustainability of the workforce on the South Shore is also greatly impacted by the workforce needs and demands of the Boston Metropolitan Area. The Boston region is projected to create approximately 5,700 new health care jobs by 2025, with higher wage opportunities for numerous clinical and non-clinical occupations. In fact, the average wage and standard benefit package for a mid-career health care worker in Boston is currently $102,869, which is $44,346 more than the $58,523 average health care wage and benefit package on the South Shore.

In an effort to address the workforce challenges and opportunities associated with this sector on the South Shore the MHSSWB established a Health Care Sector Strategy (HCSS) in the summer of 2019. The HCSS is an industry led collaborative designed to identify the critical challenges impeding the sector’s ability to access a workforce pipeline, and sustain quality and accessible health care services and resources in the region. The HCSS is overseen by an Advisory Group representing various health care organizations, educational institutions and industry professionals in the region.

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Seeking Apprenticeship and Internship Opportunities

Offering paid apprenticeships and internships is a great way to find new talent of all ages interested in working in the manufacturing industry.  The Advisory Group is looking to establish a data base of companies that offer these opportunities in our region so that we can effectively link area students and jobseekers interested in a manufacturing career with the opportunities available. 

If your company offers these programs or is interested in finding out more about how to establish an apprenticeship and/or internship program please click here and we will help you through the process.

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