Study Predicts 5.6 Million New Health Care Jobs by 2020, with Demand Highest for Nurses

Jun 27, 2012, 3:11 PM

The United States health care workforce will have to expand by almost 30 percent between 2010 and 2020 to meet growing demand for care, according to a new study from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and Workforce. The estimated 5.6 million health care job vacancies created over the next ten years is expected to be the most dramatic growth in any job sector in the country during that time period.

“Nursing will grow the fastest among healthcare occupations… but that won’t be enough to meet the demand,” the study says. Demand for health care “support occupations,” like home health aides, is also expected to increase at a rapid rate.

The study also predicts that demand for post-secondary education and training in health care jobs—which is already high—will continue to increase.

Read the study.

This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF Human Capital Blog. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the authors.