Research Findings & Analysis

At the National Center for Health Workforce Analysis (NCHWA), we examine a broad range of issues that impact the nation’s health workforce and, in turn, inform program planning and policymaking. 

Access our latest health workforce research within the following topic areas:

New Program Highlights

NCHWA released its FY 2017–2018 program highlights. Find out more about the 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. The following show how the availability of primary care providers affects the access and quality of health services around the country.

Health Workforce 

August 2013: Public Health Workforce Enumeration, 2012 Exit disclaimer
December 2012: Strategies for Enumerating the U.S. Government Public Health Workforce Exit disclaimer


Sex, Race and Ethnic Diversity of U.S. Health Occupations (2011-2015) (PDF - 379 KB) 
Sex, Race, and Ethnic Diversity of U.S. Health Occupations (2011-2015): Technical Documentation (PDF - 524 KB)

Race and Ethnic Diversity of U.S. Health Occupations (2010-2012) (PDF - 389 KB) 
Sex, Race, and Ethnic Diversity of U.S. Health Occupations (2010-2012): Technical Documentation (PDF - 214 KB) 

Aging Population and Geriatric Care

Nursing Aides, Home Health Aides, and Related Health Care Occupations - National and Local Workforce Shortages and Associated Data Needs (PDF - 2 MB) February 2004

Geographic Distribution

The U.S. Health Workforce Chartbook – provides data on 35 health occupations, including physicians, nurses, dentists, counselors, physical therapists, laboratory technicians,and  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) Find information on physicians, physician assistants, registered nurses, nurse anesthetists, nurse-midwives, nurse practitioners, licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses, dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants and pharmacists.

Part II: Clinicians and Health Administration (PDF - 1.2 MB) Find information on chiropractors, optometrists, dispensing opticians, medical and health services managers, medical secretaries and veterinarians.

Part III: Technologists & Technicians and Aides & Assistants (PDF - 1.5 MB) Find 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, and nursing, psychiatric and home health aides.

Part IV: Behavioral and Allied Health (PDF - 1.9 MB) Find information on psychologists, counselors, social workers, dietitians and nutritionists, physical therapists, physical therapist assistants and aides, occupational therapists, respiratory therapists, speech-language pathologists, and massage therapists.

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

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

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

Date Last Reviewed:  May 2019