The STEM Talent Shortage: Health care

In our STEM Talent Shortage series, we examine four industries impacted by a lack of available workers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

When you go to the hospital or to the doctor, you arrive with the confidence that you’ll receive attentive care from a medical professional whose priority is your well-being. Yet doctors, nurses and medical teams are increasingly strapped for time as they manage mounting caseloads. And the need for health care workers will only rise.

In the next decade, there will be a shortage of 91,000 primary care physicians, surgeons and medical specialists in the United States, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Center for Workforce Studies.

There are many economic drivers contributing to this issue, including aging baby boomers’ increased medical needs and the millions of new participants in the U.S. health care system due to the introduction of the Affordable Care Act.

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing reported that in 2013, U.S. nursing schools denied 78,089 qualified applicants from baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs due to limited classroom space, qualified faculty and budget. Yet over the next decade, one-third of all jobs created will fall into the health care sector.

What’s the solution to the worker shortage in health care? A talent acquisition strategy that includes global workers who have the right skills and education to fill the gap. Learn more in our latest white paper, Skills Gap to Skills Surge: How foreign workers fuel talent pipelines.

Originally published at on May 17, 2016.

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