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The U.S. Health Workforce Chartbook

Chartbook in Brief (PDF - 804 KB)

Part I: Clinicians (PDF - 20 MB) includes information on physicians, physician assistants, registered nurses, nurse anesthetists, nurse-midwives, nurse practitioners, licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses, dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants and pharmacists

Part II: Clinicians and Health Administration (PDF - 2.3 MB) includes information on chiropractors, optometrists, dispensing opticians, medical and health services managers, medical secretaries and veterinarians

Part III: Technologists & Technicians and Aides & Assistants (PDF - 11 MB) includes information on medical and clinical laboratory technologists and technicians, diagnostic related technologists and technicians, emergency medical technicians and paramedics, health diagnosing and treating practitioner support technologists and technicians, medical records and health information technicians, medical assistants & other healthcare support occupations, personal care aides, and nursing, psychiatric & home health aides

Part IV: Behavioral and Allied Health (PDF - 2 MB) includes information on psychologists, counselors, social workers, dietitians and nutritionists, physical therapists, physical therapist assistants and aides, occupational therapists, respiratory therapists, speech-language pathologists, and massage therapists

Technical Documentation (PDF - 846 KB)

published November 2013

What's Inside

The U.S. Health Workforce Chartbook provides data on 35 health occupations, including a wide variety of health workers, from physicians, nurses, and dentists to counselors, physical therapists, laboratory technicians, nursing assistants, and others.

The Chartbook includes detailed information on each occupation including estimated total numbers and detailed demographic information including sex, age, race and ethnicity, work setting and geographic distribution. 

The health occupations discussed in the Chartbook are classified based on the U.S. government’s Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system and included more than 14 million individuals in 2010, representing approximately 10 percent of the nation’s workforce.

The vast majority of workers are employed in what the U.S. Office of Management and Budget defines as the “health sector,” which includes health settings such as hospitals, clinics, physician offices, and nursing homes. Individuals in health occupations may also work outside the health sector in settings such as local governments, schools, or insurance companies.