5 Million Health-Care Jobs Created By 2020, Regardless Of 'Obamacare,' Report Says

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Growing demand for health services and declining productivity will result in millions more health-care jobs by the end of the decade -- regardless of how the U.S. Supreme Court rules next week on "Obamacare," a new Georgetown University report shows.

The demand for workers within the health-care industry is expected to grow by 3 million to about 13.1 million by the end of the decade, up from slightly more than 10.1 million in 2010.

Adding in "replacement jobs," those left open by retirements, deaths and resignations, Georgetown researchers forecast the number of jobs to grow nearly 30 percent to 5.6 million by 2020.

Despite legal challenges to the the president's health care reform law -- formally known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act -- Georgetown researchers concluded that the law will have a "negligible" effect on the growth in the number of health care jobs.

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The study's projections show that health care reform's implementation would "shift some jobs around inside health care," but lead author Anthony Carnevale says that the law's impact on employment levels is likely to be minimal simply because the sector is so big and growing so rapidly.

"It doesn't affect the industry that way," Carnevale told AOL Jobs in an interview.

Where there is likely to be an impact is among those holding or pursuing jobs as nurses.

Other findings from the report:

  • Nursing is becoming an increasingly educated profession, especially among younger workers.
  • People of color have been well-represented in the sector, but greater educational requirements may result in some minorities being pushed out. The study found 51 percent of white nurses under 40 have bachelor's degrees, compared to only 46 percent of Hispanics and 44 percent of African-American nurses.
  • The industry has the largest number and proportion of foreign-born and foreign-trained workers in the U.S. The report finds 22 percent of health-care workers are foreign-born, compared to 13 percent of all workers nationally. Most foreign-born nurses come from the Philippines, India and China.
  • White males still hold most of the high-paying jobs. The report found 81 percent of dentists are white men. Just 30 percent of doctors are female.

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While most of these occupations have modest educational requirements, only 20 percent of health-care professional and technical occupations earn less than $38,000 a year, and nearly 50 percent earn more than $60,000.

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Ain't gonna happen, people.

June 25 2012 at 4:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What scary is all the medical field trade schools that are popping up everywhere. They primarily cater to simple minded people with GEDs or even less and simply are selling diplomas.

June 25 2012 at 3:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

These predictions are impossible and sound ridiculous. The USA needs to STOP opening medical and nursing job Visa's for foreigners (esp. from Canada); many NEVER become Americans/they are here using us. Jobs are needed by and for Americans. Why aren't the foreigners made to go back to their country,now that we are in such a job crisis? I have seen horrible foreigners using the USA for jobs and disrespecting Americans while they are working here. They need to Go back to their country and work. As for obamacare, he's another b.s.er. pleeease. Do NOT vote for any INCUMBENT. If the new person elected does same NOTHING? Do NOT re-elect them. It's all about salary, not their helping Americans.

June 25 2012 at 3:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

how many will get jobs at the drone factory?

June 25 2012 at 12:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hospital's are hurting for money now how will they pay more workers?

June 25 2012 at 11:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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THAT MEANS HEALTHCARE COST WILL SKYROCKET, MR. AND MRS. GENIUS. The more programs, the more people, the higher pay our providers will receive, all means soaring healthcare costs. We can't afford it now, what makes anyone think we can afford it when it triples in cost to provide it for everyone, including the 20 million or so new immigrants that are here now and more on the way. DUMB STARRY EYED LIBERALS NEVER THINK ABOUT HOW WE WILL EVER PAY FOR THIS. DUH

June 25 2012 at 4:46 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

I wonder if this is just one of those wishes or something they are working on. There have been some news that has come out that makes our future look good. RECKON it is for the election, I do not believe we are going to do wonderful,but then Obummer May have put that out trying to foo people into thinking he has something to do with it in order to get votes. Remember he has done nothing BUT LIE for over the three and a half years that he was going to do so many great things, but those were just lies.

June 25 2012 at 12:49 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Actually I find this report bogus just as I find the unemplyment status at 8.2%.

obamacare passes the government will need to hire 230,000 employees to implement this program and that will be "trial and error" for the first five years until all the relatives and friends of these politicians,not withstanding their pension and healthcare entitlements, and trust me that wouldn't come under the obama care healthcare but rather what the voters have afforded all politicians and their employees.

Socialized medicine is the poiticians wet dream.

June 25 2012 at 12:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

the people will be in hospitals more due to GMO seeds and all the new prescription drugs, and procesed foods.

June 24 2012 at 11:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Let me guess.....AT & T, Sears, Target, McDonalds.

June 24 2012 at 10:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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