6 places to find jobs created by Obamacare
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.