Many healthcare jobs remain hard-to-fill in the US, and Occupational Therapists present some of the most difficulties for Recruiters and healthcare employers. Surprisingly, hiring demand for this position is not as high as it has been in the past. After growing quickly in the beginning of 2012, the number of available job ads declined. Over the past 30 days, there were about 54,000 available jobs being advertised online, representing a 17% decline from the same 30-day period last year.
Hiring Demand for Occupational Therapists – 4 Year Hiring Trend
Despite decreasing demand, there is still a relatively limited talent pool in the US, causing some of the difficulty in filling these jobs. Recruiters are still experiencing longer recruiting cycles. In fact, the average job ad for an Occupational Therapist remains online for 62 days in the US – that's almost 9 weeks! This doesn't necessarily mean that jobs are even filled in 9 weeks, but that this is the length of time employers spend advertising an opening, collecting resumes, and preparing for interviews.
Below is our Hiring Scale heat map, showing the average difficulty to fill for Occupational Therapists in major metro areas across the US. Most areas appear in red, which indicate hard-to-recruit locations. The average score in the US is an 87 (with 99 being the highest score possible.) Some of these most difficult places include Lynchburg (VA), Fresno (CA), and Lakeland (FL). These locations not only have high scores on the Hiring Scale, but also have longer average posting periods. While the US average is about 9 weeks, these locations are likely to see job ads remain online for 11 weeks.
Hiring Scale for Occupational Therapists across the US
However, there are a few areas, that are in green, depicting better recruiting conditions. Recruiters that need to fill jobs faster may be able to source candidates from these areas or target their job ads more in these locations.
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