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Mid-Level Health Care Occupations
Average annual total openings 2016-2021
2012 Completers Entering the Workforce

Estimated Supply Gap 2016-2021**

Dental Hygienists
267
229
-38
Emergency Medical Technicians & Paramedics
193
79
-114
Medical Transcriptionists
98
68
-30
Respiratory Therapists
90
36
-54
Opticians, Dispensing
64
12
-52
Dental Laboratory Technicians
51
10
-41
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians
44
21
-23
Opthalmic Medical Technicians*
34
27
-7
Nuclear Medicine Technologists
16
5
-11

*A new occupation not included previously.

**Assumes completions will continue at the same rate as they were in 2012.

Demand estimates are from occupational projections for Washington that were developed by the state's Employment Security Department under a contract from the U.S. Department of Labor. This national methodology relies heavily on recent trends and on national averages. Therefore, it may underestimate emerging overall changes or effects specific to Washington. In general, this methodology tends to be conservative in predicting changes to recent trends.

Also, accurately predicting future changes in health care labor demand resulting from national health care reform is very challenging. It will be important to carefully monitor changes in the health care system for labor market effects that were not predicted in the official projection.

Page updated November 2013


Detailed Health Care Personnel Shortage Report for Washington

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