“How can I best position myself for a rewarding and satisfying career in big data and healthcare IT?”
It’s a question many skilled HIT workers ask themselves as they begin the often challenging undertaking of looking for a better opportunity. In the area of healthcare technology, opportunities are shifting away from implementation and moving towards data analytics for both clinical and non-clinical areas of healthcare.
Now that EMR/EHRs are implemented throughout our country, the goal of our government and healthcare providers is to tap into that big data. Analyzing healthcare big data helps to increase disease prevention, improve quality of life, predict epidemics, cure diseases, and avoid preventable deaths.
Specialized Skills in Demand
Over 1/3 of our positions in 2015 were geared towards big data and we expect that ratio to increase in 2016. Candidates with superior technical acumen and interpersonal skills will have a much easier time finding a great new position.
These are the hot skills for 2016:
- Data Modeling and Reporting tools
- NoSQL and SQL
- SAS or SPSS
- Hyperion, Hadoop
- LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL and Perl/PHP/Python)
- General Purpose Programming Languages such as C#, C++, J2EE
- Machine Learning and Business intelligence
- Data warehousing, mining, and visualization
- Statistical and quantitative analysis
The soft skills required for big data jobs are similar to other HIT positions because of the need for flexibility and relationship building between teams and top leaders.
- Team building
- Team management
- Time management
- Strategic thinking
- Problem-solving and critical thinking
Certifications in Demand
You may need these certifications to get the best jobs:
Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer: Business Intelligence
Cloudera Certified Professional: Data Scientist
EMC Data Science Associate
Oracle Business Certification
SAS Business Intelligence Certifications
In-demand Positions & Salary Trends
The good news is that tech positions are experiencing a healthy 5.3% increase* in overall salary for 2016 versus last year. Salaries for some positions may increase even more. For the hottest positions being filled, here’s what you can expect to make.
- Big Data Engineer: $129,500-$183,500 (+8.9%)
- Compliance Director: (10+ years exp.) $118,250-$138,500 (+5.8%)
- Business Systems Analyst – Manager: $95,500-$120,750 (+5.2%)
- Certified Medical Coding Manager: $72,750-$96,250 (+4.8%)
Hot Cities for HIT Big Data Jobs
According to Data Science Central, there are four major American cities that are seeing significant activity in healthcare big data hiring. Much of this is due to large healthcare corporations and hospitals in these locations, but also some biotech and pharmaceutical companies:
- Raleigh, NC
- Dallas, TX
- Hartford, CT
- Saint Louis, MO
However, big data jobs are opening across the US, so if you don’t live near one of these cities, there are still plenty of great opportunities if you know how to look.
Finding Jobs in Healthcare Big Data
1st Solution USA exists to help match qualified candidates with great HIT jobs they will thrive in and love. If you are seeking an big data position, we can help you pinpoint the industry and position level where you can use all your skills and talents. Take a moment to upload your resume and we can start right away.
Whether you are a seasoned executive or a novice to this industry, we can help. We know the hiring trends in big data and healthcare IT. We have the expertise. Partner with us, and we’ll match you with your ideal job.
* Salary data collected from Robert Half.