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Where the jobs will be: Non-degreed health workers
Central Valley Business Times

Over the next decade, California is expected to need nearly 450,000 new health care workers — due in part to expanded coverage under the Affordable Care Act but mainly to the growth and aging of the state’s population, according to research from the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California.

About 190,000, or around 40 percent, of the new jobs are expected to require some college education but not a bachelor’s degree, it says in a new report released Thursday night.

To meet these workforce needs, California’s two-year educational institutions need to expand training opportunities for these positions, known as allied health care jobs, it says.

Allied health care jobs are technical — licensed vocational nurses, dental hygienists, and imaging technologists, for example — and support positions, such as certified nursing assistants, medical assistants, and dental assistants. They typically require an associate degree or post-secondary certificate that can often be completed in fewer than two years.