Top 10 In-Demand Healthcare Job Titles 2015

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Over the next few weeks, we’ll be using’s industry employment trends analytics tools and our powerful sourcing tool, SourceHub, to bring you the Top 10 Most In-Demand Job Titles in each industry, the Top 10 keyword searches performed by job seekers in each industry, and a list of the top employers of people with those skills in the USA, the UK and Ireland, as well as some information regarding the average salary those candidates can expect to receive. Why? Because we’re just lovely!

Here is Part One – Information Technology

Here is Part Two – Business & Finance

Part Three – Healthcare

The 10 Most In-Demand Healthcare Job Titles of July 2015, as identified by, were as follows:

  1. Medical Assistant
  2. Pharmacy Technician Trainee/Pharmacy Service Associate
  3. Registered Nurse
  4. Medical Receptionist
  5. Pharmacy Technician
  6. Dental Assistant
  7. Phlebotomist
  8. Nurse Practitioner
  9. Certified Nursing Assistant
  10. Case Manager

According to Indeed’s stats, job postings in the Healthcare sector have increased by a substantial 27% since June 2014, and clicks on Healthcare jobs have increased by 7%. Much of the Top 10 remains unchanged since last year, but the 27% increase in job postings in this sector has lead to a dramatic increase in the amount of medical institutions seeking trainee pharmacists. Physical Therapist roles were also pushed out of the Top 10 to make room for Case Manager roles.

The Top 10 Keyword Searches for jobs in the Healthcare sector in July 2015, as identified by, were as follows:

  1. RN – (Registered Nurse)
  2. Medical Assistant
  3. LPN – (Licensed Practical Nurse)
  4. Registered Nurse
  5. CNA – (Certified Nursing Assistant)
  6. Nurse Practitioner
  7. Pharmacist
  8. Pharmacy Technician
  9. Nurse
  10. Social Worker

Healthcare Job Titles1. Medical Assistant

Medical assistants perform administrative and/or clinical tasks to support the work of physicians and other health professionals.They perform routine tasks and procedures such as measuring patients’ vital signs, administering medications and injections, recording information in medical record keeping systems, preparing and handling medical instruments and supplies, and collecting and preparing specimens of bodily fluids and tissues for laboratory testing.

Average salary: $23,000 (down from $38,000 in 2014)

Top Employers of Medical Assistant roles:
USA: Kaiser Permanente, Aurora Health Care, Cleveland Clinic, Intermountain Healthcare, Concentra
UK: Royal Navy, NHS, HM Forces, Royal Marines, NHS Trust
Ireland: Health Service Executive, St. James’s Hospital, Beaumount Hospital, Bon Secours Health System Ltd., Nurse On Call

Healthcare Job Titles2. 
Pharmacy Technician Trainee/Pharmacy Service Associate

The Pharmacy Technician Trainee is a training position where you can move to a Pharmacy Technician upon successful completion of a training program as per local state pharmacy guidelines.

Average salary: $11 per hour

Top Employers of Pharmacy Technician Trainee/Pharmacy Service Associate roles:
USA: CVS Health, Walgreens, CVS Pharmacy, Walmart, Target
UK: Lloyds Pharmacy, Boots UK, NHS, NHS Trust, Tesco PLC
Ireland: Boots, Sam Macauley Chemists, HSE

Healthcare Job Titles3. Registered Nurse

A Registered Nurse (RN) is a nurse who has graduated from a nursing program at a college or university and has passed a national licensing exam to obtain a nursing license. A registered nurse’s scope of practice is determined by the school and by the government responsible for healthcare in the region.

Average salary: $69,000 (up from $60,000 in 2014)

Top Employers of Registered Nurse roles:
USA: Kaiser Permanente, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, HCA, Banner Health, Cleveland Clinic
UK: NHS, NHS Trust, NHS England, Bupa, Barchester Healthcare
Ireland: HSE, Health Service Executive, Nurse On Call, St. James’s Hospital, Beaumount Hospital

Healthcare Job Titles4. Medical Receptionist

A Medical Receptionist serves patients by greeting and helping them; scheduling appointments; and maintaining records and accounts.

Average salary: $24,000(down from $26,000 in 2014)

Top Employers of Medical Receptionist roles:
USA: Kaiser Permanente, Mayo Clinic, United States Air Force, Cleveland Clinic, US Navy
UK: NHS, NHS Trust, NHS Wales, Spire Healthcare Group, BMI Healthcare
Ireland: Health Service Executive, HSE, Beaumount Hospital, St. James’s Hospital Dublin, Essiac EU

Healthcare Job Titles5. Pharmacy Technician

A Pharmacy Technician, sometimes known as a Pharmaceutical Technician, is a health care provider who performs pharmacy-related functions, generally working under the direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist. Pharmacy technicians work in a variety of locations (usually in community, retail, and hospital pharmacies), but can also work for long-term care facilities, pharmaceutical manufacturers, third-party insurance companies, computer software companies, or in government or teaching. Job duties include dispensing prescription drugs and other medical devices to patients and instructing on their use.

Average salary: $28,000 (no change from 2014)

Top Employers of Pharmacy Technician roles:
USA: Walgreens, CVS Pharmacy, CVS Health, Walmart, Kroger
UK: NHS, Boots UK, NHS Trust, Lloyds Pharmacy, Morgan Stanley
Ireland: AbbVie, HSE, State Street, Pfizer

Healthcare Job Titles6. Dental Assistant

Dental assistants greatly increase the efficiency of the primary dentist in the delivery of quality oral health care by preparing the patient for treatment, sterilising instruments, passing instruments during the procedure, holding suction devices, exposing dental radiographs, taking impressions and fabricating provisional crowns.

Average salary: $32,000 (down from $35,000 in 2014)

Top Employers of Dental Assistant roles:
USA: Aspen Dental, Smilebuilderz LLC, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, United States Air Force
UK: NHS, mydentist (UK), Oasis Dental Care, NHS Trust
Ireland: HSE, Health Service Executive, Dublin Debtal University

Healthcare Job Titles7. Phlebotimist

Phlebotomists are people trained to draw blood from a patient for clinical or medical testing, transfusions, donations, or research. The duties of a phlebotomist may include properly identifying the patient, interpreting the tests requested on the requisition, drawing blood into the correct tubes with the proper additives, accurately explaining the procedure to the patients, preparing patients accordingly, practicing the required forms of asepsis, practicing standard and universal precautions, performing the skin/vein puncture, withdrawing blood into containers or tubes, restoring hemostasis of the puncture site, instructing patients on post-puncture care, ordering tests per the doctor’s requisition, affixing tubes with electronically printed labels, and delivering specimens to a laboratory.

Average salary: $29,000 (up from $24,000 in 2014)

Top Employers of Phlebotimist roles:
USA: Quest Diagnostics, LabCorp, American Red Cross, Solstas Lab Partners, Kaiser Permanente
UK: NHS, NHS Trust, NHS England, BMI Healthcare
Ireland: HSE, St. Jame’s Hospital Dublin, St. Luke’s University Hospital, Hermitage Medical Clinic, St. Vincent’s University Hospital


Healthcare Job Titles

8. Nurse Practitioner

A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) who has completed advanced coursework and clinical education beyond that required of the generalist Registered Nurse (RN) role.

Average salary: $95,000 (no change from 2014)

Top Employers of Nurse Practitioner roles:
USA: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, UnitedHealth Group, Kaiser Permanente, MinuteClinic, Take Care Health Systems
UK: NHS, NHS Trust, NHS National services, NHS England, NHS Lothian
Ireland: HSE, NHS, St. Jame’s Hospital Dublin, Beaumount Hospital

Cert Nursing Asssitant9. Certified Nursing Assistant

A certified nursing assistant, or CNA, helps patients or clients with healthcare needs under the supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN) or a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Also known as a Nursing Assistant (NA) a Patient Care Assistant (PCA) or a State Tested Nurse Aid (STNA), the individual who carries this title can work in a wide variety of settings including nursing homes, hospitals, adult day care centres, personal homes and assisted living facilities. All require nursing assistants to act as a helpful liaison between the Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse and the patient. In many cases, the nursing assistant serves as the RN’s or LPN’s eyes and ears, and relays information between many patients and one or two RNs.

Average salary: $24,000 (no change from 2014)

Top Employers of Certified Nursing Assistant roles:
USA: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Kaiser Permanente, Genesis HealthCare, HCR ManorCare, Cleveland Clinic
UK: NHS, NHS Trust, Bupa, Barchester Healthcare, Care UK
Ireland: Health Service Executive, Brothers of Charity Services Ireland, Home Instead Senior Care, Comfort Keepers, Cpl Healthcare

rn-case-manager-trends10. Case Manager

A Case manager manages the provision of health care to people with high-cost medical conditions. The goal of a Case Manager is to coordinate patients’ care so as to improve continuity and quality of care and lower costs. The job of a Case Manager involves four main steps:

  1. Referral of new patients (perhaps from another service if the client has relocated to a new area out of previous jurisdiction, or if client no longer meets the target of previous service, such as requiring a greater level of care. Alternatively, they may be referred after having been placed on an ITO or in an inpatient unit.
  2. Planning & delivery of care
  3. Evaluation of results for each patient & adjustment of the care plan
  4. Evaluation of overall program effectiveness & adjustment of the program

Average salary: $ 31,000

Top Employers of Case Manager Analyst roles:
USA: UnitedHealth Group, Kaiser Permanente, Aetna, Cigna, Coventry Health Care
UK: NHS, HCML, NHS England, Bush & Company Rehabilitation, Argent Rehabilitation
Ireland: HSE


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