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Health Careers

State & National Health Workforce Needs

The health care industry and public health services are major employers throughout the country, and their workforce needs will increase in the future. In some professions, a large segment of the workforce is nearing retirement age and there are insufficient numbers of replacement workers being trained. 

Other health careers are in high demand in many places (nurses, general practitioners in rural communities), while there is an oversupply of some medical specialties in urban areas.

  • Nationwide, 7 of the 10 fastest growing occupations predicted for 2004-2014 are in health careers. Find out about vacancy rates for Washington's highest demand hospital-based health careers.
  • Get detailed information about health care worker shortages in Washington for 2009, and other resources compiled by the Health Care Personnel Shortage Task Force.
  • Across the nation, 10 of the 20 fastest growing occupations are health related. Explore the growing NATIONAL need for healthcare workers.

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