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Allied Health Vacancy Report Released

Allied health professionals make up the largest proportion (34%) of the health care workforce in North Carolina (NC) (Figure 1), yet there is limited information regarding the demand for their services throughout the state. Figure 1The Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, in collaboration with the Council for Allied Health in North Carolina and the North Carolina AHEC Program, seeks to fill this gap by conducting bi-annual studies that track allied health job vacancies in the state. This report highlights the results of the latest study to inform the work of policymakers, educators, and practitioners to ensure an adequate supply and distribution of allied health professionals in North Carolina.

The allied health job vacancy tracking project estimates workforce demand for selected health professionals in North Carolina by monitoring job vacancy advertisements from both online and print sources. There are multiple factors that could indicate a shortage including rising salaries, long waiting times for appointments, increased time needed to fill a position, and high recruitment costs. The number of vacancies advertised is one indicator of whether a profession is facing increased demand. This report reflects tracking that was conducted in Fall 2011, and is a continuation of five previous reports.

Highlights of the report include:

To access the electronic version of the report, please visit the North Carolina Health Professions Data System (HPDS) website at http://www.shepscenter.unc.edu/hp.