With President Barack Obama’s re-election ensuring that his 2010 law will be implemented, companies are scouting for workers to fill hundreds of thousands of jobs in everything from running records systems to creating and servicing new insurance exchanges and entering thousands of additional codes for health-care treatments.
The federal government projects that under the law, 30 million more Americans will start getting coverage in 2014 through expanded state Medicaid programs or private insurers, or pay a penalty.
A study published this month in the Annals of Family Medicine found that the newly insured will contribute to rising demand for medical services, requiring an estimated 8,000 more doctors over 12 years.
They also will create jobs for workers in support fields such as IT, already in short supply. On the IT front, health-care systems, data companies and other industries in need of talent all are competing for the same workers.
The U.S. economy may create as many as 758,800 new computer and IT jobs, a 22 percent increase, from 2010 to 2020, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said in its outlook on job growth.