If Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray gets his way, more people with a variety of skills on their resume will be able to find work in the nation’s capital in the future.
Gray has outlined his plan to create a new diversified economy that he says will generate 100,000 jobs within 5 years.
My vision for the District is to develop a new economy that is creative, diversified and capable of preparing our residents to compete in the global marketplace, Gray told the Washington Enquirer. “This strategy will take us well on our way to achieving that goal.”
Gray’s initiative includes 52 wide-ranging proposals based on 6 “bold visions” for District, including the development of an internationally recognized medical center at the McMillan Reservoir site for people who are interested in a career in health care and nursing.
According to recent research, Gray’s proposal is targeting the right industry.
Tracey Wilen-Daugenti, managing director of the Apollo Research Institute, told the New Jersey Star Ledger that the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2014 will create a number of opportunities for job seekers looking to work in health care.
He noted that there will be an increased demand for specialized nurses with advanced postsecondary training who will begin to take on more roles traditionally performed by doctors.
In addition, it appears there will also be a significant need for at-home help, including expanded assistance from local pharmacists, medical aides and home-health workers.
For those looking to transfer their high-tech or administrative skills into the emerging health care field, there will be a range of openings for these types of professionals.
Obamacare will lead to the creation of tens of thousands of new government jobs needed to manage and administer the $900 billion to $1.76 trillion of spending on the program over the next 10 years, Jay Turo, chief executive officer of consulting firm Growthink, told the news agency.
As far as Washington D.C. goes, the mayor said the McMillan location could eventually become known as a hub for health care job creation. The 25-acre site is in the cluster of local medical facilities including Children’s National Medical Center and Washington Hospital.
Other parts of the Gray plan include creating a culinary incubator to support entrepreneurs interested in the restaurant industry, as well as the emergence as D.C. to become known as a top tourist destination and leader in high-tech innovation.