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Labor Dept. Report Shows Health Care Worker Need To Rise Over Next Decade  
Labor Dept. Report Shows Health Care Worker Need To Rise Over Next Decade
New BLS Report Underscores Sector’s Importance in Economic Recovery; Health Care Jobs Rank as Top 4 of 5 Major Areas Expected to Grow by 2020.

Claire Navaro
(202) 898-6317


 Washington, DC – An AHCA Research Department analysis of the latest government jobs report confirms last week’s announcement – health care jobs, particularly in long term and post-acute care, will be among the nation’s top occupational groups over the next 10 years.

“Lost in last week’s welcomed news on the economy was a Labor Department’s report showing what we’ve known for a while – our sector is growing in both projected numbers and importance,” said Governor Mark Parkinson, President and CEO of AHCA/NCAL. “We as a profession are eager to be part of the solution to our nation’s future health care challenges. But we need our partners in Congress and the Administration to understand this position at the top requires the necessary funds to remain there.”

In its most recent jobs report, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that the health care and social assistance sector will gain the most new jobs – 5.6 million of the 20.5 million new jobs the agency predicts will be created between 2010 and 2020. Studies show Americans aged 65 and older are expected to represent 19 percent of the population by 2030 – a jump from 12.4 percent in the year 2000.[1]

An initial analysis of the report by AHCA Research reveals that the top 4 of the 22 major occupational groups flagged for the greatest growth in employment in this decade are in the field of health care, with construction and extraction occupations rounding out the top five growth areas.

The report also reveals that eight of the 30 largest or fastest growing occupations – including the two most rapidly expanding categories according to BLS projections – are integral to providing quality long term and post-acute care. These eight occupations are registered nurses; personal care aides; home health aides; nursing aides, orderlies and attendants; physical and occupational therapy assistants and aides; and physical therapists.


To read the BLS employment report, go to                           


[1] Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging: “Projected Future Growth of Older Population.”

As the nation’s largest association of long term and post-acute care providers, the American Health Care Association (AHCA) advocates for quality care and services for frail, elderly and disabled Americans. Compassionate and caring employees provide essential care to one million individuals in our 11,000 not-for-profit and proprietary member facilities.