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6 fields where Obamacare is creating jobs

6 places to find jobs created by Obamacare
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There's been a lot of noise about the broad impact on jobs from the Affordable Care Act, or ACA. For example, debate rages about whether employers will make cuts to avoid the mandate that they must offer health insurance if they have more than 50 full-time workers.

But the law raises narrower employment questions, such as: Will Obamacare create jobs, specifically in health care? And what will those jobs be?

Those aren't easy questions to answer, in part because the constant churn of hiring and firing in a complex economy makes it difficult to isolate specific trends, says Dennis Hoffman, an economics professor and researcher at Arizona State University's W.P. Carey School of Business.

"It's too early to tell whether the ACA is playing a significant role in job creation and hiring," says Hoffman. "While we can see general employment trends, including health care job numbers, it will take more analysis to determine the motivation behind any movement."

But there already is widespread, if anecdotal, evidence that some sectors have been hiring to gear up for the law's implementation. Here are six examples, including pay information largely from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' most recent Occupational Outlook Handbook.

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Debate has been raging about whether health care reform will lead some employers to cut jobs. But what about new job opportunities as more people sign up for health insurance?

Experts who follow jobs and hiring say it's too early to spot any broad trends related to the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare. But an increase in demand for lawyers has been seen, owing to how complicated the 900-page law is.

Obviously, there may be opportunities in insurance sales. For example, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is opening and staffing its first-ever retail stores to help enroll new customers.

Companies that operate customer service call centers have been adding workers as they land contracts to assist people using the Obamacare online insurance marketplaces, or exchanges. And, there are new opportunities for management consultants who can help companies and government agencies meet the law's requirements.

 

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