Many states projected to see healthcare workforce gap through 2025: 4 things to know

The U.S. overall is projected to see a surge in new healthcare jobs, but many states will likely see the demand for healthcare workers outpace supply, according Mercer's recent U.S. healthcare labor market analysis.

Here are four things to know.

1. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects healthcare jobs will account for about 2.3 million new jobs through 2026. Nearly 863,000 of those jobs are expected to come from home health aides and registered nurses.

2. Home health aide is also projected to be one of the fastest-growing occupations from 2016 through 2026, at 47 percent.

3. But Mercer said its analysis of future supply and demand of workers across 50 healthcare occupations nationwide found each state is likely facing a gap of 2,000 home health aides on average through 2025.

4. Additionally, the analysis found the average statewide gap for registered nurses is projected to be about 1,000 nationwide through 2025. Mercer points out, however, that this varies based on state. For instance, some states, including California, Wisconsin and Illinois, are likely to see the supply of registered nurses exceed demand through 2025, while Texas is likely to be short 38,000 registered nurses.

Access the full analysis here.


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