Nashville the place to go for health IT jobs

By Molly Merrill
11:09 AM

Musicians may not be the only talent flocking to Nashville, according to a new report that finds significant job growth there in health IT.

The Nashville Technology Council, a nonprofit organization, in partnership with Vaco Technology, released its Q1 2011 Technology Hiring Trends Report to "provide insights into the needs of the Middle Tennessee's technology job sector and show the growth of what has become a pivotal portion of the local and regional economy."

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The report shows that there are 925 technology related jobs available in the Middle Tennessee area, with the highest number of openings coming from enterprise health care technology companies.

The Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), the largest private operator of healthcare facilities in the world, has 42 IT positions available; Community Health Systems (CHS), an operator of acute care hospitals in non-urban markets, and Vanderbilt University are tied with 28 IT positions each, followed by Deloitte, with 27.

"Vaco Technology continues to see a high demand for technology talent in Middle Tennessee," said Jerry Bostelman, founder of Vaco on the NTC blog. "Technology consultant job placements are up 108 percent over this time last year and our permanent placements for 2011 are up 71 percent. This is great news for the local economy and demonstrates the strength of our business community and our local technology talent."

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The report found that the most common technology position title advertised for Q1 2011 is .Net Developer, with 290 positions open. Analyst positions rebounded to Q3 2010 levels, with 292 positions, but management positions experienced a decrease this quarter, showing 132 openings.

The report also shows that .Net is still the greatest programming need in the Middle Tennessee area (80 positions), with Java positions (35) a close second. Experience with open source technologies falls just behind these skill sets, according to the report.

Click here to download the report.

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