Meeting the Personnel Needs of the Health Care Industry through Vocational Education Programs: A Study of the San Francisco Bay Area

P. M. Hudis, D. Bradby, C. L. Brown, E. G. Hoachlander, K. A. Levesque, S. Nachuck

The health care industry is one of the largest and fastest growing industries in the United States. By the year 2000, Americans are expected to spend $1.5 trillion on health care, representing nearly fifteen percent of the GNP. At the same time that demand for health care services continues to rise, the supply of fully trained health care professionals in many occupations has failed to keep pace with national needs. Recognizing the importance of this labor supply and demand issue, NCRVE has completed a study of fifteen health care occupations in the San Francisco Bay area. The research identifies avenues for reducing labor shortages through cooperative efforts by health care providers and vocational educators. The report emphasizes increasing productivity by improving knowledge of the changing skills required for health care jobs; enhancing occupational mobility by identifying career paths that could be fostered through articulated education programs; and creating links between health care providers and vocational educators that could support ongoing communication about health occupations' educational policies.

MDS-137 / May 1992

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