The Latest on the 'Open Source' Health IT Jobs Market

Looking to find a job associated with 'Open' Health IT projects or organizations. The latest news and findings, starting with a report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics are very positive.

Total employment is expected to increase by 20.5 million jobs from 2010 to 2020. Industries and occupations related to health care, personal care and social assistance, and construction are projected to have the fastest job growth between 2010 and 2020. See

A recent report from the University of California in San Diego (UCSD),  on "Hot Careers for College Graduates in 2012", stated that the hottest of the hot careers is for software developers, especially in regards to mobile technology. Here is their report's list of top ten hot careers for 2012 in rank order:

1. Software Developers, Systems Software
2. Physical Therapists and Assistants
3. Software Developers, Applications
4. Market Research Analysts/Data Miners
5. Cost Estimators
6. Database Administrators
7. Information Security Analysts
8. Web Developers
9. Computer Network Architects
10. Network & Systems Admin

A career in health information technology (IT) is also acknowledged to be another one of the hottest vocations for college graduates, with health IT jobs are expected to grow by 20% over the next decade.

Similarly, a recent report from IT on '2012 IT Hiring Trends' based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, data on IT salaries from, and other sources they found that the top IT skills in demand for 2012 were for:

1. Programming & Mobile App Development
2. Project Management & Systems Analyst
3. Help Desk & Technical Support
4. Networking & Cloud Computing
5. Business Intelligence
6. Data Center Operations
7. Web 2.0 & Social Media
8. IT Security
9. Telecommunications

ITCareerFinder also reported that healthcare will produce more new computer jobs from 2012 through 2020 than any other single industry. Federal government mandates and funding incentives are driving hospitals and physician offices to speed up the adoption and implementation of electronic medical record (EMR) systems. 

Finally, the recent "2012 Linux Jobs Report" prepared by Dice and The Linux Foundation found that the need for open source programming language skills, like Python and Ruby, that power a huge number of Web applications and technologies have hit all-time highs.  They report that there are nearly 2,000 job postings on any given day for personnel skilled in JBoss. Further, job postings for programmers with Android skills and experience are up 33 percent from a year ago.

The following are some selected Open Source and Health IT job sites job seekers should consider checking out:

Health Care & Health Information Technology (HIT) Job Sites
Biohealthmatics: Biotechnlogy & Health IT Jobs
Healthcare IT Jobs
Healthcare IT Central
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Jobs

Open Source Information Technology (IT) Job Sites
Simply Hired: Open Source Jobs
Open Source
SourceForge Jobs Board

Job seekers might also want to check some of the other major all inclusive job sites in the U.S. like CareerBuilder.Com, Monster.Com, or USAJobs.Gov and search for health IT positions they want.

* Readers might want to check out the list of organizations and software projects on Open Health News for job leads in the 'Open Health' marketplace.