2017 Edition — California’s Health Care Workforce
Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, physician assistants, health diagnostic and treatment therapists, clinical laboratory scientists and technicians, and imaging professionals
California’s health care industry employed more than 1.4 million people in 2015. Among these workers, nearly 55% were employed in ambulatory settings, about 25% 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 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 17% between 2012 and 2015, while the supply of pharmacy technicians increased by 8%. About half of the state’s pharmacists were trained in California.
- The number of physician assistants (PAs) in California grew 37% between 2012 and 2015. The Northern and Sierra region had more licensed PAs per capita than the rest of the state.
- The supply of occupational and physical therapists increased between 2012 and 2015, while the supply of speech-language pathologists decreased slightly.
- Between 2012 and 2015, California’s supply of clinical laboratory scientists remained stable while the number of medical/clinical lab technicians rose 11%.
Additional data and analysis on this topic is available from Healthforce Center at UCSF, the California Hospital Association, the National Center for Education Statistics, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The quick reference guides are available for download below. These materials are part of CHCF’s California Health Care Almanac, an online clearinghouse for key data and analyses describing the state’s health care landscape. See our entire collection of current and past editions of California’s Health Care Workforce.