Med tech job postings growing faster than RN postings

While there are more job postings for registered nurses than med tech positions, postings for the latter are growing at a faster pace, according to an analysis from Joblift.

For the analysis, the job platform examined roughly 2.2 million online postings for U.S. RNs over the last 12 months. They also examined 90,681 postings from the same time period for seven med tech healthcare professions — dental hygienist, diagnostic imaging worker, nuclear medicine technologist, MRI technologist, respiratory therapist, veterinary technologist and radiation therapist — that only require an associate degree.

The analysis found postings for RNs decreased by an average of 1 percent monthly. The average monthly growth for postings for MRI technologists, veterinary technologists, diagnostic imaging workers, dental hygienists and respiratory therapists were 9 percent, 5 percent, 5 percent, 4 percent and 4 percent, respectively.

The analysis also found that some med tech positions pay better than nursing. Median salaries for radiation therapist ($80,570), nuclear medicine technologist ($75,660) and dental hygienist ($74,070) are above RNs, which, based on Bureau of Labor Statistics information from 2017, had a median salary of $70,000, according to the analysis.

Additionally, researchers found the most average monthly RN postings per capita were in Hawaii (2,648), West Virginia (2,460), North Dakota (2,445), South Dakota (2,335) and Maine (2,068). The most average monthly med tech job postings were in Georgia (72), Wyoming (67), North Dakota (63), the District of Columbia (60) and Alaska (60).

Read more about the analysis here.

 

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