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Projected Growth in Health Occupation Employment

Employment by occupation, 2008 and projected 2018
(Numbers in thousands)
2008 National Employment Matrix title and code Employment Change, 2008-18 Total job openings due to growth and replacement needs
Number Number Percent
2008 2018
Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations 7,491.3 9,090.8 1,599.6 21.35 3,139.3
Health diagnosing and treating practitioners 4,630.4 5,645.5 1,015.1 21.92 1,866.3
Chiropractors 49.1 58.7 9.6 19.50 18.2
Dentists 141.9 164.0 22.1 15.57 61.5
Dentists, general 120.2 138.6 18.4 15.31 51.8
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons 6.7 7.7 1.0 15.34 2.9
Orthodontists 7.7 9.2 1.5 19.79 3.6
Prosthodontists 0.5 0.7 0.1 27.74 0.3
Dentists, all other specialists 6.9 7.9 1.0 14.68 2.9
Dietitians and nutritionists 60.3 65.8 5.6 9.24 25.7
Optometrists 34.8 43.2 8.5 24.41 20.1
Pharmacists 269.9 315.8 45.9 17.01 105.8
Physicians and surgeons 661.4 805.5 144.1 21.79 260.5
Physician assistants 74.8 103.9 29.2 38.99 42.8
Podiatrists 12.2 13.3 1.1 8.98 3.2
Registered nurses 2,618.7 3,200.2 581.5 22.20 1,039.0
Therapists 598.7 740.2 141.6 23.65 244.1
Audiologists 12.8 16.0 3.2 24.98 5.8
Occupational therapists 104.5 131.3 26.8 25.60 45.8
Physical therapists 185.5 241.7 56.2 30.27 78.6
Radiation therapists 15.2 19.4 4.1 27.10 6.9
Recreational therapists 23.3 26.7 3.4 14.60 11.6
Respiratory therapists 105.9 128.1 22.1 20.90 41.4
Speech-language pathologists 119.3 141.4 22.1 18.54 43.8
Therapists, all other 32.2 35.9 3.7 11.50 10.2
Veterinarians 59.7 79.4 19.7 32.95 30.2
Health diagnosing and treating practitioners, all other 49.0 55.4 6.4 13.01 15.3
Health technologists and technicians 2,718.8 3,280.0 561.2 20.64 1,202.2
Clinical laboratory technologists and technicians 328.1 373.6 45.6 13.89 107.9
Medical and clinical laboratory technologists 172.4 193.0 20.5 11.91 53.3
Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 155.6 180.7 25.0 16.09 54.6
Dental hygienists 174.1 237.0 62.9 36.14 98.4
Diagnostic related technologists and technicians 336.2 397.9 61.7 18.34 110.3
Cardiovascular technologists and technicians 49.5 61.4 11.9 24.06 19.1
Diagnostic medical sonographers 50.3 59.5 9.2 18.31 16.5
Nuclear medicine technologists 21.8 25.4 3.6 16.33 6.7
Radiologic technologists and technicians 214.7 251.7 37.0 17.23 68.0
Emergency medical technicians and paramedics 210.7 229.7 19.0 9.04 62.0
Health diagnosing and treating practitioner support technicians 596.2 753.3 157.1 26.35 307.6
Dietetic technicians 25.2 28.7 3.5 13.94 9.9
Pharmacy technicians 326.3 426.0 99.8 30.57 182.0
Psychiatric technicians 57.1 59.5 2.4 4.19 16.8
Respiratory therapy technicians 16.5 16.4 -0.2 -1.09 4.2
Surgical technologists 91.5 114.7 23.2 25.32 46.3
Veterinary technologists and technicians 79.6 108.1 28.5 35.77 48.5
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 753.6 909.2 155.6 20.65 391.3
Medical records and health information technicians 172.5 207.6 35.1 20.33 70.3
Opticians, dispensing 59.8 67.8 8.0 13.36 20.2
Miscellaneous health technologists and technicians 87.7 103.9 16.2 18.51 34.1
Orthotists and prosthetists 5.9 6.8 0.9 15.48 2.1
Healthcare technologists and technicians, all other 81.8 97.1 15.3 18.73 32.0
Other healthcare practitioners and technical occupations 142.1 165.4 23.3 16.37 70.8
Occupational health and safety specialists and technicians 66.7 74.5 7.8 11.73 30.1
Occupational health and safety specialists 55.8 62.0 6.2 11.20 24.9
Occupational health and safety technicians 10.9 12.5 1.6 14.41 5.2
Miscellaneous health practitioners and technical workers 75.4 90.8 15.4 20.48 40.6
Athletic trainers 16.3 22.4 6.0 36.95 11.5
Healthcare practitioners and technical workers, all other 59.0 68.4 9.4 15.93 29.1
           
           
Healthcare support occupations 3,982.4 5,129.5 1,147.1 28.80 1,595.3
Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides 2,454.0 3,194.4 740.5 30.17 984.8
Home health aides 921.7 1,382.6 460.9 50.01 552.7
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants 1,469.8 1,745.8 276.0 18.78 422.3
Psychiatric aides 62.5 66.1 3.6 5.77 9.8
Occupational and physical therapist assistants and aides 144.3 192.6 48.3 33.45 69.1
Occupational therapist assistants and aides 34.4 44.8 10.3 29.99 15.3
Occupational therapist assistants 26.6 34.6 7.9 29.78 11.8
Occupational therapist aides 7.8 10.2 2.4 30.74 3.5
Physical therapist assistants and aides 109.9 147.8 37.9 34.54 53.8
Physical therapist assistants 63.8 85.0 21.2 33.28 30.5
Physical therapist aides 46.1 62.8 16.7 36.29 23.4
Other healthcare support occupations 1,384.1 1,742.5 358.4 25.89 541.3
Massage therapists 122.4 145.6 23.2 18.92 39.5
Miscellaneous healthcare support occupations 1,261.7 1,596.9 335.2 26.57 501.8
Dental assistants 295.3 400.9 105.6 35.75 161.0
Medical assistants 483.6 647.5 163.9 33.90 217.8
Medical equipment preparers 46.8 52.8 6.0 12.78 11.2
Medical transcriptionists 105.2 116.9 11.7 11.15 23.5
Pharmacy aides 54.9 51.5 -3.5 -6.29 6.1
Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers 75.2 92.4 17.1 22.77 25.5
All other healthcare support workers 200.6 235.0 34.3 17.12 56.7
Source: Employment Projections Program, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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