Demand for Healthcare Workers Will Outpace Supply by 2025

Mercer’s forward-looking analysis of the US healthcare labor market identifies critical workforce gaps that will impact every healthcare provider. Preparation for an agile, future-ready workforce starts now.

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Growth in US Healthcare employment is poised to explode over the next decade, but will healthcare providers be able to find enough workers to fill these roles?

Mercer’s latest analysis of projected healthcare workforce supply and demand across the United States will help hospitals and health systems identify the critical occupation gaps that they need to prepare for and potential opportunities for new recruitment grounds they might not be aware of.

Here we present our projections for six key healthcare occupations by state to help you understand which healthcare workers will be hard to find locally and identify potential areas for recruitment.

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By 2025, the US will likely face a shortage of...

  • 446,300

    Home Health
    Aides

  • 95,000

    Nursing
    Assistants

  • 98,700

    Medical and Lab
    Technologists
    and Technicians

  • 29,400

    Nurse
    Practitioners

Source: Mercer’s US Healthcare External Labor Market Analysis. Calculations by Mercer’s Workforce Strategy & Analytics practice.

Examine US Healthcare Workforce Projected Gaps & Surpluses

Explore this interactive map for a view into the future workforce risks and opportunities facing your local market.

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Don’t wait until 2025 to prepare. Know your risk exposure and talk to us about the workforce planning actions you can take now. This analysis is available for 50+ occupations at both state and county levels.

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Closing the gap: Find and keep the people you need

Now you know the risks, so plan ahead. Mercer’s team of healthcare industry experts delivers the analytic insights and solutions that healthcare providers need to build an agile, future-ready workforce, enabling them to deliver quality care and satisfaction for patients in their communities.
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