The growing healthcare sector will provide thousands of jobs in the coming years, including many suitable for older mid-career people who might have no experience in the field, said Senior Minister of State for Health Amy Khor in an interview with The Straits Times.
The Sengkang General and Community hospitals opening next year, and five new polyclinics in the next three years, will need 9,000 more people - half of them professionals, managers, executives and technicians (PMETs), she said.
Dr Khor is overseeing efforts to match Singaporeans to jobs in healthcare, one of five sectors identified by the Government as being affected by disruptive technology but which also have significant potential for growth. She said the Government sees the healthcare industry as part of the solution to the rise in long-term unemployment, especially for older people and PMETs.
Older people, who form more than two-thirds of the unemployed, face greater difficulty in finding a job, with thousands of those in the long-term unemployed group being PMETs aged 40 and older.
Dr Khor said: "We're particularly interested in the 40-plus (age group) simply because they have a harder time making a career switch. We want to make the transition a little easier."
Fresh graduates entering the sector need not worry that mid-career people will deprive them of jobs. "Even with improved technology and workflow processes, the overall numbers are still positive," she said.
The variety of job openings in healthcare includes therapists, care coordinators and centre managers, although the bulk will be in nursing. Much of this growth is due to the ageing population.
Source: “Thousands of jobs opening up in healthcare sector” (The Straits Times, 11 September 2017)