By 2030, California's population will grow by 10.2 million people, and the number of people over age 65 — who use more health services than younger populations — will more than double. These demographic shifts, coupled with the approaching retirement of aging health workers, are driving up the demand for health workers.
To meet the health care needs of the population in 2030, California must grow and maintain an allied health workforce of approximately 988,000 workers.
But California's education system is only on track to train and certify two-thirds (634,000) of the allied health workers needed, meaning providers would be forced to fill one out of every three positions with out-of-state workers — or send Californians out of state for training.
Learn more about why avoiding these shortages is important.