"The healthcare industry added 34,100 jobs in December and 311,000 jobs for the year, according to seasonally adjusted data released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The sector's employment increased 2.1% last year, close to the average annual growth rate of 2.4% it has typically seen since 1990. Healthcare employment growth only averaged 1.7% in the prior five years."
According to the article, pressure to decrease spending in healthcare has accelerated efforts to provide more care in less-costly ambulatory settings. Klare says, “There is a clear and logical shift to the outpatient setting.”