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Health IT Top Career Choice for College Grads

college-grad-financial-tipsA new trend study from the University of California San Diego Extension reveals that health IT is the “hottest” option for recent college graduates.

According to the study Hot Careers for College Graduates 2010, which was based on enrollment figures, national employment statistics and interviews with San Diego business executives, health IT topped the list of 14 careers believed to be popular choices for recent and mid-career college graduates.

The study noted that as technology increases, so does the need for health information technicians to use and maintain patient data and to keep all medical records organized and confidential. Electronic health records will continue to expand to include patient data from various sources, and technicians are needed for emerging jobs such as healthcare integration engineer, healthcare systems analyst, clinical IT consultant and technology support specialist.

“Jobs and needs in the healthcare information technology field are a critical component of plans for positive change in the healthcare industry,” said Mary Walshok, associate vice chancellor of public programs and dean, UC San Diego Extension, in the study.

A growing industry with vast employment needs, a societal concern with federal backing for broad reform, and a solution incorporating advanced knowledge and skills among workers are factors that form a strong base for workforce development and employment opportunity for the coming decade, said Mark Cafferty, San Diego Workforce Partnership president and CEO.

“The injection of skilled knowledge workers into the magnet of healthcare information technology will not only provide solutions to immediate needs, but also will serve as a catalyst for new and emerging types of jobs in the coming years as the impact of healthcare IT takes hold,” he noted in the report.

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