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.
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.