Research Findings & Analysis

The National Center for Health Workforce Analysis (NCHWA) examines issues that impact the nation’s health workforce. These, in turn, inform program planning and policymaking. 

Review our latest health workforce research and analysis:

Recent Program Highlights

FY 2017–2018 program highlights

Accomplishments of HRSA's health workforce and its trainees

Health Workforce Research

Health policymakers consider the supply, demand, distribution and education of health workers when developing policy and programs.

These show how the availability of primary care providers affects the access and quality of health services around the country.

Health Workforce 


Aging Population and Geriatric Care

February 2004:

Nursing Aides, Home Health Aides, and Related Health Care Occupations - National and Local Workforce Shortages and Associated Data Needs (PDF - 2 MB)

Geographic Distribution

September 2020:

Rural and Non-Rural Health Workforce Estimates (PDF - 434 KB)

The U.S. Health Workforce Chartbook

It provides data on 35 health occupations. This includes:

  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Dentists
  • Counselors
  • Physical therapists
  • Laboratory technicians
  • Nursing assistants

It lists estimated total number of individuals in these occupations and their demographic information. 

Chartbook in Brief (PDF - 124 KB)

Part I: Clinicians (PDF - 2 MB) Information on:

  • Physicians
  • Physician assistants
  • Registered nurses
  • Nurse anesthetists
  • Nurse-midwives
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses
  • Dentists
  • Dental hygienists
  • Dental assistants
  • Pharmacists

Part II: Clinicians and Health Administration (PDF - 1.2 MB) Information on:

  • Chiropractors
  • Optometrists
  • Dispensing opticians
  • Medical and health services managers
  • Medical secretaries
  • Veterinarians

Part III: Technologists & Technicians and Aides & Assistants (PDF - 1.5 MB) Information on: 

  • Medical and clinical laboratory technologists and technicians
  • Diagnostic related technologists and technicians
  • Emergency medical technicians and paramedics
  • Health practitioner support technologists and technicians
  • Medical records and health information technicians
  • Medical assistants
  • Personal care aides
  • Nursing, psychiatric and home health aides

Part IV: Behavioral and Allied Health (PDF - 1.9 MB) Information on:

  • Psychologists
  • Counselors
  • Social workers
  • Dietitians and nutritionists
  • Physical therapists
  • Physical therapist assistants and aides
  • Occupational therapists
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Speech-language pathologists
  • Massage therapists

Technical Documentation (PDF - 846 KB) - data sources and methodology used in the Chartbook

The U.S. Health Workforce State Profiles 2018 - state-level data for all 50 states

Distribution of U.S. Health Care Providers Residing in Rural and Urban Areas 2014 - the supply and distribution of practitioners in 32 health occupations across urban and rural areas, based on their place of residence.

Date Last Reviewed:  June 2019

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