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Report Shows 1.4 Million Californians Employed in Health Care in 2015

The California Health Care Foundation has released a new report on the health care workforce in California. According to the report, 1.4 million Californians were employed in health care in 2015; of that number, 55 percent were employed in ambulatory settings, 25 percent in hospitals, and 20 percent in nursing or residential care facilities. Between 2012 and 2015, the number of pharmacists and physician assistants grew by 17 percent and 37 percent, respectively. Additionally, the supply of occupational and physical therapists increased over that period, as did the number of medical/clinical lab technicians. However, California’s supply of clinical laboratory scientists remained stable, and the state’s number of speech-language pathologists decreased slightly. The report notes that an aging population, population growth and federal health reform will likely contribute to increased workforce demand.