What Are the Top 5 Skills Needed in Healthcare in 2024?

    With a significant shortage of healthcare professionals and a widening skills gap, training providers and professional associations play a crucial role in preparing the medical workforce. This factsheet will explore the top five most in-demand skills in healthcare roles, supported by exclusive data from Faethm by Pearson.

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    By 2030, the World Economic Forum predicts a significant shortage of healthcare workers, with many countries falling below the WHO's recommended minimum target of 44.5 health workers per 10,000 people. Moreover, the medical industry contends with a widening skills gap due to technological advancements. Training providers and associations can prepare the healthcare workforce by offering updated programs aligned with emerging skills. Explore the top five in-demand skills in healthcare across the US, UK, and Australia.

    Future Healthcare Landscape

    10 M

    healthcare workers are predicted to be in shortage by 2030.

    809.2 B +

    USD is projected for the health-tech industry by 2030.

    188 B

    USD is projected for the AI market in healthcare by 2030.

    Embracing Technological Advancements in Healthcare

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    The Rise of Gen AI

    Generative AI is widely used in healthcare for routine tasks such as information gathering, diagnosis, and treatment.
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    Continued Need for Digital Skills

    Fundamental digital skills remain crucial for medical professionals. For example, data analysis, computer literacy skills and clinical software skills.
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    The Need for Soft Skills

    Soft skills, such as communication, problem-solving, and ethics are particularly important in meeting the evolving needs of empowered patients.

    The Top 5 Most Demanded Skills in Healthcare Roles

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    Communication Skills


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     Heavy lifting


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    Computer Literacy


    According to the 2023 Future of Jobs report by the World Economic Forum, medical and healthcare training programs prioritize socio-emotional skills. Our findings align with external data to some extent. 

    Our findings highlight the diverse skill sets essential for medical roles. While hard skills like heavy lifting and bathing are vital for job performance, the emphasize on soft skills, leadership, and administrative abilities underscores a holistic approach to healthcare.

    * Data source: Pearson Labor Market Data

    To find out the top ten top skills in medical roles and in-depth sector analysis to refine your training and membership programs, complete the form below to download our "2024 Training Industry Skills Outlook - Healthcare".


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