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What Employers Need

Western Mass employers explain what matters most to them

Understanding what local employers need from their workers can make a big difference in planning a healthcare career – and in deciding if healthcare is the right fit.

Key competencies (a combination of skills, knowledge, and personal qualities) that local employers have said are critical to them are:

The chart below offers even more detail on what healthcare employers need. It may be helpful to review it with a career counselor in the context of creating a personal career plan.

Click to view a more detailed version.

What does this mean for my career plan?

Understanding the variety of skills that healthcare employers need will allow you to better plan a career. You can build on competencies that you already have, and can identify and work on gaining skills that you are missing.

Be sure to take advantage of these self-assessment tools to help you judge where you need to improve and set personal goals. Then take a look at local Priority Occupations to find careers that match up to your skills, abilities, interests and goals.

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This website was funded in part by Workforce STAT (Skills, Talent, Awareness, Training): Transforming Regional Capacity for Healthcare Education, Grant # CB18820. Workforce STAT was a $1.66 million Community Based Job Training Initiative through the U.S. Department of Labor. The website is also funded in part by a Healthcare Skills Gap Partnership grant through the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. The grant program was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and administered by Commonwealth Corporation.