Almanac Updates

The CHCF Almanac regularly publishes data and analysis on California's health care market.

Quick Reference Guides

California's Health Care Workforce

California's health care industry employed more than 1.3 million people in 2012. Five Almanac guides provide data on wages, education, and workplaces for selected health professions.

March 2014

California's health care industry employed more than 1.3 million people in 2012. Among these workers, slightly more than 50% were employed in ambulatory settings, about 30% in hospitals, and 20% in nursing or residential care facilities. An aging population, population growth, and federal health reform will likely contribute to increased demand.

This series of Quick Reference Guides from the CHCF California Health Care Almanac examines specific segments of the state's health care workforce, focusing on pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, physician assistants, health diagnostic and treatment therapists, clinical laboratory scientists and technicians, and imaging professionals.

Among the trends:

  • California's supply of pharmacists grew 15% between 2001 and 2012, while the supply of pharmacy technicians increased 70%. About half of the state's pharmacists were trained in California.
  • The number of physician assistants (PAs) in California grew 47% between 2001 and 2012. The Northern and Sierra region had more licensed PAs per capita than the rest of the state.
  • The supply of occupational, physical, respiratory, and speech-language pathologists all increased significantly between 2001 and 2012.
  • Between 2001 and 2012, California's supply of clinical laboratory scientists dropped 15% while the number of medical/clinical lab technicians rose 19%.

The complete guides are available as Document Downloads.