Hospital jobs with the most employees nearing retirement

Within healthcare organizations, facilities services and health information management have the largest baby boomer populations (both above 25%) and the most significant retirement risk.

The finding is from SullivanCotter's 2023 Workforce Metrics Benchmark Survey, which the Chicago-based consulting firm released March 7.

The survey includes data from 73 healthcare organizations representing a combined workforce of more than 1.4 million individuals across 19 job families, six career-level categories and three demographic groupings.

Below are the functional areas under job families, each with the percent of the staff-level population that are baby boomers, according to the report. Those listed below have the largest baby boomer populations and are considered to have the most retirement risk.

Facilities services

Mailroom services: 44.2%

Boiler room: 42.3%

Transportation: 33.4%

Plant operations: 32.9%

Maintenance: 31.2%

Building services: 30.9%

Health information management

Health informatics and reporting: 43%

EMRs: 30.2%

Transcription: 25.5%

Coding: 24.8%


Chaplaincy: 39.7%

Support services

Executive support: 34.3%

Basic science and research

Research data abstraction: 34.2%

Financial services

Payroll: 31.7%

Accounts payable and receivable: 28.6%

Billing and coding: 28.5%

Accounting: 24.1%

Credit and collections: 24.1%


Registered nursing — quality and utilization: 28%

Registered nursing — clinical informatics: 25.1%

Supply chain management

Purchasing: 26.6%

Inventory control: 23.9%

Advanced practice provider

Clinical nurse specialist: 26%

Ancillary services

Laboratory informatics: 24.8%

Legal and compliance services 

Legal support: 24.5%

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