AZ Snapshot: Job Opportunities in Healthcare

Posted on September 21, 2016 • Category: Healthcare


Arizona hospitals report a high demand for staff RNs and difficulty in filling positions.

Arizona’s Healthcare Workforce: Supply, Demand and Insights from the Field

Vitalyst Health Foundation, August 2016


A new study released by the Vitalyst Health Foundation and the City of Phoenix captures responses from a range of healthcare providers from across the state. The conclusion: Arizona faces a serious shortage in a number of key employment categories.

There are challenges in addressing the gap between demand and supply in the healthcare workforce, including state budgets and policy decisions. There are also opportunities to better align the state’s workforce development efforts with projected job opportunities.

Key findings from the new study include:


The survey received responses from 43% of the hospitals in Arizona. Growth is expected in nearly every healthcare occupation over the next three years, but include the following:

  • Nurse Anesthetists
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Medical Assistants
  • Registered Nurses
  • Physical Therapists


The survey captured responses from 59% of all community clinics in Maricopa County. Nearly all expect growth for many occupations over the next three years, including:

  • Physicians – Internal Medicine
  • Physicians – Pediatrics
  • Physicians – Obstetrics/Gynecology
  • Medical Assistants


The survey drew 35 facility responses, representing 26% of the licensed beds in long-term care facilities in Arizona. The most common concerns were the following:

  • Respiratory Therapists
  • Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Physical Therapists


The survey received responses from 11.4% of the home health agencies in Arizona. The most consistent projected needs include the following:

  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Registered Nurses – Managerial

Chief Concerns for Future Workforce Development

  • Potential state budget cuts to Medicaid
  • Reimbursement levels dropping
  • Meeting the changing employment goals of new workers
  • Meeting the behavioral need of patients


84% Projected increase in primary care NPs between 2010 and 2025. The number of physician assistants (PAs) is also growing but not as rapidly.
Rethinking the Primary Care Workforce – An Expanded Role for Nurses  

New England Journal of Medicine, September 15, 2016