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Health Care Supply And Demand
A new report commissioned by the Michigan Department of Community Health and the Department of Labor and Economic Growth says Michigan's health-care industry needs 100,000 new workers by 2015.
Here's a look at where some of the shortages and demands are:
Registered nurses: Without additional training capacity, the state will have a shortage of 7,000 registered nurses by 2010 and 18,000 by 2015.
Licensed practical nurses: The demand is expected to grow by 5,000 by 2015, with a serious shortage of as many as 5,600 LPNs.
Dentists: The demand for dentists is forecast to grow 25 percent over the next decade, from 6,400 in 2000 to about 8,300 by 2015.
Dental hygienists: Demand is expected to grow from 6,600 in 2000 to 8,500 by 2015.
Dental assistants: As an additional 3,000 dental assistants are required by 2015, there may be as few as 8,500 people for 14,000 positions.
Pharmacists: Even with the emergence of mail-order pharmacy, the demand for pharmacists will grow from 7,200 in 2000 to 9,400 by 2015 as the supply declines slowly.
Pharmacy technicians: Demand is expected to grow from 8,000 to 10,000 by 2015.
Occupational therapists: As the population ages, the state will need 5,000 new occupational therapists by 2015. Shortages also will occur for aides and assistants.
Physical therapists: The demand for physical therapists is expected to grow from about 5,000 to 6,500 by 2015. Shortages will also occur for aides and assistants.
Radiological technicians and technologists: Supply is expected to hover around 6,000 as demand grows to 8,000 by 2015.
EMTs: A 30 percent shortfall is predicted as demand grows from 5,200 to 6,700 by 2015.