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Emerging Workforce Trend: Millennials Look to Health Care

According to a recent study published by the National Society of High School Scholars, the millennial generation (those between 15 and 27) are increasingly looking to health care as a career goal.

Health-related companies were highly ranked by students as preferred places to work, making up eight of the top 25 companies listed. St. Jude Children’s research hospital took the top ranking, and “local hospital” took third.Download the Report Here

Survey respondents also indicated they are focused on fields in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers and an overwhelming majority (81%) indicated they plan on pursuing an internship during college.

What does this mean for our health care workforce?

Health care employers need to be ready for the influx of millennials who will be entering the workforce – replacing the increasing number of retiring baby boomers.

One important way health care employers can prepare for these new workers is to expand internship programs for future students. With four out of five students expecting to participate in an internship during college, internships can be an important recruiting tool for employers.



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