Celebrating Doctors & Nurses on LinkedIn for World Health Day

April 8, 2013

As a data analytics professional at LinkedIn, I’m passionate about using data to change people’s lives. And as a former neurosurgeon, I’m passionate about saving lives too. Today I get to talk a little bit about both.

Yesterday was World Health Day, a day dedicated to raising global awareness of health issues, and promoting healthy behaviors. To celebrate, I’d like to recognize the millions of medical professionals across the globe who are tasked with the job of keeping us healthy. I know firsthand how most healthcare professionals don’t often work a typical “9-to-5” day. Viruses don’t take weekends off, which is why the job of being a doctor or nurse demands a level of dedication and training that is unique in the professional domain.

In the U.S. alone, over 1 million Doctors & Nurses are on LinkedIn. They live and work everywhere from Allentown, PA to Wichita Falls, TX, and include thousands of specialists, like:

  • 1,600+ Otolaryngologists (ear, nose, and throat specialists)

  • 1,400+ Flight Nurses (nurses with “aeromedical” training)

  • and 1,200+ Brain Surgeons!

And when we looked at the most popular skills among our million M.D.’s and R.N.’s, we get a taste of the extensive training that’s required to be a medical professional:

Most Popular Skills among U.S. Nurses on LinkedIn*:

  1. BLS (Basic Life Support)

  2. ACLS (Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support)

  3. Critical Care

  4. Patient Safety

  5. Inpatient

Most Popular Skills among U.S. Doctors on LinkedIn*:

  1. Clinical Research

  2. Internal Medicine

  3. Board Certified

  4. Emergency Medicine

  5. Family Medicine

But according to our data, it’s not just doctors and nurses who are passionate about healthcare. Millions of professionals on LinkedIn have added health-related skills, volunteer experience or causes to their profile!

Do you have a health-related cause that you’re passionate about? Then show your support by adding it to your profile!

Another version of this post appears on our LinkedIn Talent Solutions blog.

*Non-specific skills like “Healthcare” and “Hospitals” were excluded