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The Perfect STEM Workers
If you are in the business of supplying temps it’s heartening to know that the industry’s revenue is growing an average of 10% each month year on year. What would be even better to understand, though, is exactly which verticals are driving this growth.
In this infographic you can find out just why the Science and Medical industries are leading the way when it comes to hiring temps. Their focus on technology and innovation, and their rather alarming rate of burnout, creates the perfect environment for the need to recruit talent on a temporary basis.
We’ll reveal exactly what skills they are looking for, how long their contracts tend to last, what qualifications they can be expected to hold and what characteristics will help them nail that contract.
Along the way we’ll help you to discover some significant facts and surprising stats about the so-called STEM workers.
- Unscheduled absenteeism in the Medical sector costs as much as $2,650 per salaried employee a year. This is a sure sign of burnout but a blessing to those supplying cover.
- 98.7% of STEM job growth over the past decade has come from computer and mathematical-related occupations. If you want to keep your finger on the pulse there’s only one place to really feel the heartbeat!
- 90% of STEM workers have a college degree so positions only tend to become available for those with the all-important letters after their name.
- However 91% of Americans rate bedside manner as the most important quality in medical staff, so Ps and Qs are just as vital as Ms, Ds and Os.
Find out what the perfect STEM must have and you are on your way to getting the most wanted temporary talent out there on your books.
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THE ANATOMY OF THE PERFECT SCIENCE & MEDICAL TEMPORARY EMPLOYEES
Economic uncertainty and cultural changes mean that temp jobs are on the rise.
But what attributes are essential when recruiting science and medical temps?
Let’s take a look.
WHAT CHARACTERISTICS MAKE UP THE PERFECT TEMP WORKER IN THE SCIENCE FIELD?
Well versed in common statistical analysis software and lab techniques, with a keen willingness to learn more.
90% of STEM workers have a college degree.
Comfortable with the transient nature of a 21st century science career – far fewer ‘jobs-for-life’.
11 months – the average length of a science temping contract.
Awareness to practice safety in the workplace around new equipment or unfamiliar chemicals.
Curious, sociable, and able to adapt to the unique culture of a STEM workplace.
Energy and enthusiasm for the field, demonstrated by promptly asking for more work when tasks are complete.
Ability to understand an employer’s needs – whether hired to do the horse-work of research or to stand in for a valued employee.
Ability to offer wholehearted involvement with a project, despite temporary involvement.
Proactive in checking where relevant equipment is stored upon arrival in a new lab.
31% of employers consider initiative to be the most important quality they look for in a job applicant.
Up to date with the scientific developments and able to actively participate in the dialogue.
Up to speed with the latest software, equipment, and technique – such as medical coding or JAVA programming.
98.7% of STEM job growth from 2003 to 2013 was in computer and mathematical-related occupations.
WHAT CHARACTERISTICS MAKE UP THE PERFECT TEMP WORKER IN THE MEDICAL FIELD?
- BEDSIDE MANNER
Hard-working but self-aware and takes personal time to avoid burnout.
$2,650 – average cost of unscheduled absenteeism per salaried employee per year.
Treats the patient with long-term care in mind, despite the temporary nature of the role.
91% of Americans rank communication and bedside manner as the most quality in medical staff.
Team-oriented and conscientious of colleagues’ workload.
No. 1 ‘Ability to work in a team’ is the skill most valued by employers, according to a recent survey.
Honest about limits in knowledge or technique.
A bright and optimistic disposition.
Happier workers are 12% more productive than unhappier workers, who are 10% less productive.
Mindful of the greater experience of permanent staff, regardless of their job level.
Has patient’s history, findings, and imaging on hand when it’s needed.
Takes steps to become familiarized with equipment and protocols.
Chooses assignments within their capacity and experience for the good of the patients.
Takes time to become familiarized with new systems and patients.
Medicine and science are demanding vocations, whether pursued on a permanent or a temporary basis, and a perfect temp needs a special degree of adaptability and enthusiasm.
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