Currently 12,000 people work on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus that's home to Buffalo General Medical Center, Roswell Park Cancer Institute and will soon include the John R. Oishei Women's and Children's Hospital.
The campus workforce is expected to grow to 17,000 by 2017. Cranes in the air are signs of the growth on campus where there are 10 major institutions and 75 private and public companies. Currently 1.5 million square feet of space is under construction.
Patrick Whalen with Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Inc. said, "It's really important to us that the entire city starting with our immediate neighborhoods benefit from what's happening on the medical campus."
Wednesday a career forum took place where companies within the medical campus came to talk about job openings and jobs to come.
Whalen said, "we also want to make sure people are developing the right skill sets so that in 2-3 years when they're entering the workforce they'll have the skill sets that our employers need."
Kaleida Health, UB and Roswell Park Cancer Institute are the biggest institutions on the campus.
Currently Roswell has 100 jobs openings. Those include several hospital clinical assistant positions starting at $13 dollars an hour and environmental services positions starting at $12 dollars an hour. Plus, RN positions which we're told wages are competitive with area hospitals.
David Scott with Roswell said, "Every given year we tend to hire up to 400 people for positions, so we don't see any slowdown in that trajectory. "
During a presentation Kaleida Health referred applicants to its website where about 180 job openings are listed ranging from certified nurse assistance to clerical jobs.
At the job forum pathways for employees to grow into higher positions was discussed.
Brenda Piccione said,"There is room for advancement once you're in there and I've seen people go from department to department."