In a recent survey, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) found that 67% of U.S. healthcare organizations have a significant shortage in IT staff, a number that has increased by 8% from results found in a similar survey two years ago.

Industry professionals such as Randy McCleese, vice president of information systems and CIO at St. Claire Regional Medical Center in Kentucky, predict that the need for IT professionals in healthcare is here to stay. “Staff needs aren’t likely to abate over the next couple years, as CIOs continue to push to achieve meaningful use targets and switch to ICD-10-compliant applications,” says McCleese. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that healthcare is the leading industry when it comes to IT job opportunities, and that’s only expected to grow by 20% annually through 2018.

For the IT professional looking for work, the healthcare industry is a great place to be. Skills in implementing and supporting clinical applications including electronic health records (EHRs) and computerized order entry systems are critical as these are the areas where survey respondents indicated an acute need.

Can your technology skills help mend the healthcare industry? Read more about the need for IT talent in healthcare at CIO.com.