Health Care Industry Worker Shortages 29.2 209 Medical and dental laboratories 21.9 1,796 Nursing and personal care facilities 9.8 4,960 Hospitals, public and private 25.5 11,065 Health services Percent change, 2000-2010 Employment, 2000 Industry segment Employment of wage and salary workers in health services by industry segment, 2000 and projected change 2000-10 (Employment in the thousands)
Additional Factors Contributing to the Shortage
The elderly population, a group with much greater than average healthcare needs, will grow faster than the total population between 2000 and 2010
Advances in medical technology will continue to improve the survival rate of severely ill and injured patients, who will then need extensive therapy and care.
New technologies enable the identification and treatment of conditions not previously treatable
Turnover Rates Contribute to the Healthcare Worker Shortage
Additional openings will result as workers leave the labor force or transfer to other occupations.
High turnover due to low pay and status, poor benefits, low training requirements, and a high proportion of young and part-time workers, such as nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides .
In contrast, occupations with relatively few replacement openings, are those with high pay and status, lengthy training requirements, and a high proportion of full-time workers, such as physicians and surgeons .
U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics