A shortage of 16,000 primary care physicians in the United States is said to be slowly crippling the medical industry. Experts have projected an alarming shortage of 45,000 doctors by 2020. Patient demand will eventually exceed the number of available physicians unless a solution is implemented.
A clean-cut solution: An increase in nurse practitioner jobs and physician assistant jobs to supplement the shortage. Hospitals, physician offices and large health systems were quick to acknowledge their value in 2011 and 2012. What will we see in 2013?
NP-PA Workforce to Predicted to Thrive
The future looks bright for potential nurse practitioner (NP) and physician assistant (PA) candidates hoping to land a job. Recent data released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation concluded the NP-PA workforce has expanded to three quarters the size of the physician workforce. The demand for NPs and PAs is on a trajectory path geared toward fortifying industry during times of distress.
Boost in NP-PA Demand
The Bureau of Labor Statistics declared an increase in demand from 2008 to 2018 by 23% and 41% for nursing and PA jobs, respectively. Experts noticed a significant boost in the PA profession, with a spike of 83,000 to 140,000 PAs in the last decade. The PA population nearly doubled in just 10 years. The shortage may prompt those numbers to escalate within the next decade.
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