Who’s More Satisfied – Full Time Health IT Professionals or Health IT Consultants?

I was fascinated by a graphic that Health IT Consultant posted about how satisfied health IT employees and health IT consultants were with their jobs. The data for the graphic comes from a Healthcare IT Leaders survey of healthcare IT professionals.

How Satisfied are Health IT Staff with Their Current Job

I’ll admit that I was a bit surprised at the results. I didn’t expect health IT consultants to be more satisfied with their jobs than health IT full time employees. How much you get paid really does impact the satisfaction with your current job. At least I think that’s the major difference between the two jobs. Sure, as an employee there’s some stability and security. As a health IT consultant you’re traveling a lot. However, the skills and projects you work on are very close to the same.

I was also interested in the data the survey collected on how many are looking for other jobs. 13-14% of them are very likely to switch jobs and only 10% of them are not open to a new job. I think that’s why we see so many on Healthcare IT Central that are currently working in healthcare IT, but passively keeping their eyes on the job board.

About the author

John Lynn

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com, a network of leading Healthcare IT resources. The flagship blog, Healthcare IT Today, contains over 13,000 articles with over half of the articles written by John. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 20 million times.

John manages Healthcare IT Central, the leading career Health IT job board. He also organizes the first of its kind conference and community focused on healthcare marketing, Healthcare and IT Marketing Conference, and a healthcare IT conference, EXPO.health, focused on practical healthcare IT innovation. John is an advisor to multiple healthcare IT companies. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can be found on Twitter: @techguy.


  • Hello John,

    I have experience being a HIT employee and then a HIT consultant. I’m not too surprised by this survey outcome as it relates to EMR Implementations. There are benefits associated with each of these employment situations, but the bottom line really comes down to the difference in compensation, as an experience HIT consultant you can almost double your wages. And even though you may not want to be away from your family and friends, week after week, air flight delays, and the other “road warrior” issues one has to deal with. But most feel this sacrifice is worth it (at least for a while).

    Shirley Corsey

  • Shirley,
    All the caveats you mention is why I was a little surprised. Although, as I say in the article and you mention, the extra pay seems to make it worth it. I guess maybe the difference here is that the pay is a lot more for consultants. If it was closer in pay, then maybe it would be different.

  • Of course both have their pluses and minuses. There are so many variables and some variables are more important to a person based on their personal preferences and what’s going on in a current stage of life. I’d caution against holding the generally higher income a consultant makes as a reason. Sometimes the overhead and a couple nightmare travel days can wipe out any extra income.

    Also, I think the ultimate reward for any person comes from a balance between income, culture of the environment you work in and project-specific aspects . Money ain’t everything and usually it follows someone who’s happy doing what they do.

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