Hospitals aren’t as much bricks-and-mortar institutions as they are organizations of highly skilled and professionally-diverse workers that serve within. Health care and social assistance is the largest employment sector in the state of Missouri. The number of Missourians working in health care occupations is expected to grow by 14 percent and account for 18 percent of job growth between 2016 and 2026.
The Missouri Hospital Association’s 2019 workforce report focuses on the health care workforce and frames MHA’s economic development initiative. The St. Louis profile summarizes the findings from 32 Missouri hospitals and six Illinois hospitals in the St. Louis area listing hospital professions with the highest employee vacancy, hospital professions with the highest employee turnover, and highlights for eight in-demand job titles.
The 2019 MHA St. Louis report found that these are the top ten professions with the highest employee vacancy:
Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT)
Nurse Assistants – Patient Care Technician, Certified Nurse Assistant or Unlicensed Assistive Personnel (UAP)
Medical Technologist (MT)
Food Service Worker/Dietary Aid
Sonographer – Ultrasound Technologist (RDMS)
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
Respiratory Therapist – Registered
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technologist
Occupational Therapy Assistant – Certified (COTA)
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