Numbers of Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations in National

Occupation group

Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations

Year Number
2001 6,118,970
2002 6,185,020
2003 6,173,760
2004 6,359,380
2005 6,547,350
2006 6,713,780
2007 6,877,680
2008 7,076,800
2009 7,200,950
2010 7,346,580
2011 7,514,980
2012 7,649,930
2013 7,755,810
2014 7,854,380
2015 8,021,800
2016 8,318,500
2017 8,506,740
2018 8,646,730

Individual occupations

Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners

Year Number
2012 4,680,350
2013 4,761,110
2014 4,833,840
2015 4,960,900
2016 5,143,640
2017 5,269,630
2018 5,367,930

Chiropractors

Year Number
2001 18,060
2002 20,630
2003 20,210
2004 21,830
2005 24,290
2006 25,470
2007 27,190
2008 27,050
2009 26,310
2010 26,250
2011 27,510
2012 27,740
2013 28,850
2014 29,830
2015 32,080
2016 32,960
2017 33,630
2018 34,740

Dentists

Year Number
2001 87,810
2002 92,460
2003 97,090
2012 109,570
2013 112,300
2014 115,390
2015 116,750
2016 122,330
2017 125,300
2018 128,060

Dentists, General

Year Number
2004 84,240
2005 86,270
2006 86,110
2007 85,260
2008 85,910
2009 86,270
2010 87,700
2011 90,950
2012 93,580
2013 96,000
2014 97,990
2015 100,080
2016 105,620
2017 110,400
2018 113,000

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

Year Number
2004 4,950
2005 5,120
2006 5,320
2007 5,040
2008 4,760
2009 5,390
2010 5,330
2011 5,800
2012 4,990
2013 5,280
2014 5,120
2015 5,000
2016 5,380
2017 4,800
2018 4,830

Orthodontists

Year Number
2004 6,190
2005 4,820
2006 5,200
2007 5,350
2008 5,500
2009 5,410
2010 5,580
2011 5,040
2012 5,530
2013 5,570
2014 6,190
2015 5,410
2016 5,200
2017 5,080
2018 5,350

Prosthodontists

Year Number
2004 730
2005 560
2006 480
2007 380
2008 370
2009 660
2010 670
2011 560
2012 310
2013 290
2014 630
2015 710
2016 750
2017 430
2018 380

Dentists, All Other Specialists

Year Number
2004 2,710
2005 3,480
2006 4,560
2007 4,490
2008 4,770
2009 5,010
2010 5,010
2011 4,850
2012 5,150
2013 5,160
2014 5,450
2015 5,550
2016 5,380
2017 4,590
2018 4,490

Dietitians and Nutritionists

Year Number
2001 43,200
2002 45,150
2003 46,190
2004 46,530
2005 48,850
2006 51,230
2007 52,800
2008 53,630
2009 53,220
2010 53,510
2011 56,130
2012 58,240
2013 59,530
2014 59,490
2015 59,740
2016 61,430
2017 62,980
2018 64,670

Optometrists

Year Number
2001 24,230
2002 23,040
2003 22,740
2004 22,780
2005 23,720
2006 24,220
2007 24,900
2008 25,970
2009 26,480
2010 26,480
2011 27,950
2012 29,180
2013 32,040
2014 33,340
2015 35,300
2016 36,430
2017 37,240
2018 37,220

Pharmacists

Year Number
2001 223,630
2002 219,390
2003 215,030
2004 222,960
2005 229,740
2006 239,920
2007 253,110
2008 266,410
2009 267,860
2010 268,030
2011 272,320
2012 281,560
2013 287,420
2014 290,780
2015 295,620
2016 305,510
2017 309,330
2018 309,550

Physicians and Surgeons

Year Number
2012 611,650
2013 623,380
2014 633,480
2015 642,720
2016 649,850
2017 666,490
2018 679,280

Anesthesiologists

Year Number
2001 24,700
2002 24,780
2003 23,790
2004 25,130
2005 27,970
2006 29,890
2007 31,030
2008 34,230
2009 37,450
2010 34,820
2011 33,310
2012 29,930
2013 30,200
2014 30,060
2015 29,220
2016 30,190
2017 30,590
2018 31,060

Family and General Practitioners

Year Number
2001 135,290
2002 115,020
2003 111,990
2004 106,750
2005 112,150
2006 109,400
2007 113,250
2008 106,210
2009 99,000
2010 97,820
2011 101,800
2012 110,050
2013 120,860
2014 124,810
2015 127,430
2016 122,970
2017 126,440
2018 114,130

Internists, General

Year Number
2001 53,310
2002 50,380
2003 50,140
2004 51,180
2005 48,210
2006 48,700
2007 46,260
2008 46,980
2009 48,270
2010 50,070
2011 46,740
2012 45,210
2013 46,410
2014 48,390
2015 48,920
2016 45,290
2017 42,280
2018 37,820

Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Year Number
2001 17,230
2002 19,970
2003 19,180
2004 20,850
2005 21,910
2006 22,520
2007 21,340
2008 19,750
2009 20,380
2010 19,940
2011 20,540
2012 20,880
2013 21,730
2014 21,740
2015 20,090
2016 19,800
2017 18,880
2018 18,590

Pediatricians, General

Year Number
2001 24,150
2002 27,320
2003 26,910
2004 26,520
2005 26,400
2006 28,930
2007 28,890
2008 29,170
2009 29,460
2010 30,100
2011 29,640
2012 30,560
2013 30,890
2014 31,010
2015 28,660
2016 26,960
2017 28,990
2018 28,490

Psychiatrists

Year Number
2001 21,620
2002 19,750
2003 19,530
2004 22,440
2005 23,450
2006 24,730
2007 21,790
2008 22,140
2009 22,210
2010 22,690
2011 23,140
2012 24,210
2013 25,040
2014 25,080
2015 24,060
2016 24,820
2017 25,250
2018 25,630

Surgeons

Year Number
2001 48,920
2002 51,580
2003 49,730
2004 55,800
2005 52,930
2006 51,900
2007 50,260
2008 47,070
2009 44,560
2010 43,230
2011 42,340
2012 42,410
2013 41,030
2014 41,070
2015 41,600
2016 41,190
2017 38,600
2018 34,390

Physicians and Surgeons, All Other

Year Number
2004 162,720
2005 180,210
2006 208,960
2007 237,400
2008 262,850
2009 274,160
2010 293,740
2011 305,590
2012 308,410
2013 307,220
2014 311,320
2015 322,740
2016 338,620
2017 355,460
2018 389,180

Physician Assistants

Year Number
2001 56,200
2002 61,910
2003 60,030
2004 59,470
2005 63,350
2006 62,960
2007 67,160
2008 71,950
2009 76,900
2010 81,420
2011 83,540
2012 83,640
2013 88,110
2014 91,670
2015 98,470
2016 104,050
2017 109,220
2018 114,710

Podiatrists

Year Number
2001 7,620
2002 7,490
2003 7,800
2004 7,550
2005 8,290
2006 9,020
2007 9,320
2008 9,670
2009 9,720
2010 9,310
2011 9,210
2012 9,090
2013 8,850
2014 8,910
2015 9,500
2016 9,800
2017 9,670
2018 9,500

Therapists

Year Number
2012 591,350
2013 600,660
2014 609,870
2015 628,440
2016 651,500
2017 676,140
2018 687,790

Occupational Therapists

Year Number
2001 77,080
2002 78,580
2003 81,380
2004 83,560
2005 87,430
2006 88,570
2007 91,920
2008 94,800
2009 97,840
2010 100,300
2011 103,570
2012 105,540
2013 108,410
2014 110,520
2015 114,660
2016 118,070
2017 126,050
2018 126,900

Physical Therapists

Year Number
2001 126,450
2002 130,290
2003 134,970
2004 142,940
2005 151,280
2006 156,100
2007 161,850
2008 167,300
2009 174,490
2010 180,280
2011 185,440
2012 191,460
2013 195,670
2014 200,670
2015 209,690
2016 216,920
2017 225,420
2018 228,600

Radiation Therapists

Year Number
2001 13,460
2002 13,510
2003 13,990
2004 14,470
2005 14,120
2006 14,290
2007 14,620
2008 14,850
2009 15,570
2010 16,590
2011 18,380
2012 18,230
2013 16,950
2014 16,380
2015 16,930
2016 17,450
2017 17,250
2018 18,260

Recreational Therapists

Year Number
2001 26,830
2002 26,130
2003 22,860
2004 23,050
2005 23,260
2006 24,130
2007 23,240
2008 22,510
2009 21,960
2010 20,830
2011 19,650
2012 19,180
2013 18,640
2014 17,950
2015 17,880
2016 18,100
2017 18,490
2018 18,840

Respiratory Therapists

Year Number
2001 82,930
2002 85,350
2003 87,180
2004 91,350
2005 95,320
2006 99,330
2007 101,180
2008 103,870
2009 107,270
2010 109,270
2011 113,980
2012 116,960
2013 118,640
2014 119,410
2015 120,330
2016 126,770
2017 128,250
2018 129,600

Speech-Language Pathologists

Year Number
2001 83,110
2002 87,030
2003 86,640
2004 89,260
2005 94,660
2006 98,690
2007 103,810
2008 107,340
2009 111,640
2010 112,530
2011 117,210
2012 121,690
2013 125,050
2014 126,500
2015 131,450
2016 135,980
2017 142,360
2018 146,900

Exercise Physiologists

Year Number
2010 16,170
2011 15,720
2012 5,820
2013 6,010
2014 6,660
2015 6,620
2016 6,880
2017 6,300
2018 6,740

Therapists, All Other

Year Number
2004 8,090
2005 9,730
2006 11,660
2007 11,580
2008 12,960
2009 13,440
2012 12,480
2013 11,280
2014 11,770
2015 10,890
2016 11,320
2017 12,020
2018 11,950

Veterinarians

Year Number
2001 41,240
2002 42,900
2003 43,890
2004 46,090
2005 47,870
2006 49,750
2007 50,790
2008 53,110
2009 54,130
2010 54,480
2011 55,410
2012 56,020
2013 59,230
2014 62,470
2015 65,650
2016 67,650
2017 69,370
2018 71,060

Registered Nurses

Year Number
2001 2,217,990
2002 2,239,530
2003 2,246,430
2004 2,311,970
2005 2,368,070
2006 2,417,150
2007 2,468,340
2008 2,542,760
2009 2,583,770
2010 2,655,020
2012 2,633,980
2013 2,661,890
2014 2,687,310
2015 2,745,910
2016 2,857,180
2017 2,906,840
2018 2,951,960

Nurse Anesthetists

Year Number
2012 34,180
2013 35,430
2014 36,590
2015 39,410
2016 39,860
2017 42,620
2018 43,520

Nurse Midwives

Year Number
2012 5,710
2013 5,460
2014 5,110
2015 7,430
2016 6,270
2017 6,530
2018 6,250

Nurse Practitioners

Year Number
2012 105,780
2013 113,370
2014 122,050
2015 136,060
2016 150,230
2017 166,280
2018 179,650

Audiologists

Year Number
2001 11,040
2002 10,180
2003 10,030
2004 9,810
2005 10,330
2006 10,910
2007 11,360
2008 12,480
2009 12,590
2010 12,860
2011 12,490
2012 12,060
2013 11,550
2014 12,250
2015 12,070
2016 12,310
2017 12,020
2018 13,300

Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners, All Other

Year Number
2004 56,920
2005 57,880
2006 53,270
2007 44,350
2008 34,890
2009 32,960
2010 31,390
2011 32,300
2012 30,590
2013 33,070
2014 35,310
2015 35,750
2016 36,280
2017 35,970
2018 36,680

Health Technologists and Technicians

Year Number
2012 2,827,170
2013 2,849,330
2014 2,876,000
2015 2,909,230
2016 3,018,820
2017 3,075,910
2018 3,110,180

Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians

Year Number
2012 318,620
2013 319,720
2014 322,170
2015 320,550
2016 326,920
2017 644,760
2018 642,440

Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists

Year Number
2001 145,400
2002 146,480
2003 146,900
2004 151,240
2005 155,250
2006 160,760
2007 163,270
2008 166,510
2009 166,860
2010 164,430
2011 165,220
2012 160,700
2013 162,630
2014 161,710
2015 162,950
2016 166,730

Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians

Year Number
2001 146,920
2002 144,120
2003 146,160
2004 141,720
2005 142,330
2006 144,710
2007 145,890
2008 149,670
2009 152,420
2010 156,480
2011 156,860
2012 157,920
2013 157,080
2014 160,460
2015 157,610
2016 160,190

Dental Hygienists

Year Number
2001 149,880
2002 148,530
2003 146,360
2004 155,810
2005 161,140
2006 166,380
2007 168,600
2008 173,090
2009 173,900
2010 177,520
2011 184,110
2012 190,290
2013 192,330
2014 196,520
2015 200,550
2016 204,990
2017 211,600
2018 215,150

Diagnostic Related Technologists and Technicians

Year Number
2012 353,060
2013 355,290
2014 357,690
2015 361,430
2016 375,690
2017 382,500
2018 390,630

Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians

Year Number
2001 40,990
2002 42,870
2003 43,300
2004 43,540
2005 43,560
2006 43,870
2007 46,980
2008 48,040
2009 48,070
2010 48,720
2011 50,410
2012 50,530
2013 51,010
2014 51,080
2015 51,400
2016 53,760
2017 56,130
2018 56,560

Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

Year Number
2001 32,990
2002 36,530
2003 37,240
2004 41,280
2005 43,590
2006 44,340
2007 46,770
2008 48,920
2009 51,630
2010 53,010
2011 54,760
2012 57,700
2013 58,250
2014 59,760
2015 61,250
2016 65,790
2017 68,750
2018 71,130

Nuclear Medicine Technologists

Year Number
2001 17,360
2002 17,090
2003 17,550
2004 17,520
2005 18,280
2006 19,270
2007 20,410
2008 21,200
2009 21,670
2010 21,600
2011 21,200
2012 20,480
2013 20,020
2014 20,320
2015 19,740
2016 19,650
2017 18,930
2018 18,810

Radiologic Technologists

Year Number
2012 194,790
2013 194,000
2014 193,400
2015 195,590
2016 200,650
2017 201,200
2018 205,590

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists

Year Number
2001 168,240
2002 173,540
2003 173,030
2004 177,220
2005 184,580
2006 190,180
2007 200,370
2008 208,570
2009 213,560
2012 29,560
2013 32,000
2014 33,130
2015 33,460
2016 35,850
2017 37,490
2018 38,540

Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics

Year Number
2001 170,690
2002 178,700
2003 181,750
2004 187,900
2005 196,880
2006 196,190
2007 201,200
2008 207,610
2009 217,920
2010 221,760
2011 229,340
2012 232,860
2013 237,660
2014 235,760
2015 236,890
2016 244,960
2017 251,860
2018 257,210

Health Practitioner Support Technologists and Technicians

Year Number
2012 668,870
2013 687,480
2014 700,820
2015 712,050
2016 752,050
2017 785,590
2018 801,590

Dietetic Technicians

Year Number
2001 28,940
2002 28,910
2003 26,870
2004 24,630
2005 23,780
2006 24,450
2007 24,540
2008 24,620
2009 24,510
2010 23,890
2011 23,490
2012 24,660
2013 26,420
2014 28,690
2015 28,950
2016 32,240
2017 33,370
2018 33,540

Pharmacy Technicians

Year Number
2001 207,140
2002 207,380
2003 211,270
2004 255,290
2005 266,790
2006 282,450
2007 301,950
2008 324,110
2009 331,890
2010 333,500
2011 343,550
2012 353,340
2013 362,690
2014 368,760
2015 379,430
2016 398,390
2017 417,720
2018 417,860

Psychiatric Technicians

Year Number
2001 59,750
2002 58,600
2003 56,000
2004 59,010
2005 62,040
2006 58,940
2007 60,690
2008 54,800
2009 70,730
2010 72,650
2011 69,840
2012 67,760
2013 66,760
2014 64,540
2015 58,450
2016 61,720
2017 66,930
2018 71,360

Respiratory Therapy Technicians

Year Number
2001 28,700
2002 26,220
2003 25,470
2004 24,190
2005 22,060
2006 18,710
2007 17,610
2008 16,210
2009 15,100
2010 13,570
2011 13,940
2012 13,460
2013 12,070
2014 10,610
2015 10,000
2016 10,600
2017 9,600
2018 9,090

Surgical Technologists

Year Number
2001 67,460
2002 72,040
2003 73,250
2004 82,280
2005 83,680
2006 84,330
2007 86,000
2008 89,600
2009 91,250
2010 92,260
2011 94,490
2012 97,150
2013 97,930
2014 98,450
2015 100,270
2016 105,720
2017 106,470
2018 110,160

Veterinary Technologists and Technicians

Year Number
2001 51,790
2002 54,040
2003 53,730
2004 58,570
2005 63,860
2006 69,700
2007 73,240
2008 78,920
2009 79,200
2010 79,870
2011 78,800
2012 83,350
2013 87,870
2014 93,300
2015 95,790
2016 99,390
2017 103,430
2018 106,680

Ophthalmic Medical Technicians

Year Number
2012 29,170
2013 33,740
2014 36,470
2015 39,160
2016 43,990
2017 48,060
2018 52,890

Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses

Year Number
2001 683,790
2002 692,290
2003 682,590
2004 702,740
2005 710,020
2006 720,380
2007 719,240
2008 730,500
2009 728,670
2010 730,290
2011 729,140
2012 718,800
2013 705,200
2014 695,610
2015 697,250
2016 702,400
2017 702,700
2018 701,690

Medical Records and Health Information Technicians

Year Number
2001 142,170
2002 145,270
2003 148,380
2004 155,030
2005 160,450
2006 164,700
2007 165,590
2008 168,650
2009 170,580
2010 176,090
2011 180,280
2012 182,370
2013 180,760
2014 184,740
2015 189,930
2016 200,140
2017 204,220
2018 208,650

Opticians, Dispensing

Year Number
2001 63,120
2002 61,790
2003 63,780
2004 62,350
2005 70,090
2006 65,190
2007 62,420
2008 59,470
2009 60,840
2010 62,200
2011 60,680
2012 64,930
2013 68,390
2014 73,110
2015 73,520
2016 75,270
2017 75,450
2018 72,250

Miscellaneous Health Technologists and Technicians

Year Number
2012 97,380
2013 102,500
2014 109,580
2015 117,040
2016 136,410
2017 139,620
2018 141,790

Orthotists and Prosthetists

Year Number
2001 4,480
2002 4,480
2003 4,880
2004 4,930
2005 5,190
2006 5,290
2007 5,600
2008 5,490
2009 5,470
2010 5,940
2011 6,860
2012 7,890
2013 8,330
2014 7,830
2015 7,100
2016 7,500
2017 7,840
2018 8,830

Hearing Aid Specialists

Year Number
2012 4,980
2013 5,170
2014 5,570
2015 5,920
2016 6,740
2017 7,380
2018 7,680

Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other

Year Number
2004 72,390
2005 71,140
2006 72,180
2007 73,730
2008 74,990
2009 78,600
2012 84,510
2013 88,990
2014 96,170
2015 104,020
2016 122,170
2017 124,390
2018 125,270

Other Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations

Year Number
2012 142,410
2013 145,370
2014 144,540
2015 151,680
2016 156,040
2017 161,190
2018 168,630

Occupational Health and Safety Specialists and Technicians

Year Number
2001 38,800
2002 39,060
2003 42,580
2012 71,500
2013 76,490
2014 79,120
2015 86,270
2016 93,190
2017 98,830
2018 106,410

Occupational Health and Safety Specialists

Year Number
2004 36,360
2005 35,460
2006 42,220
2007 46,460
2008 53,250
2009 51,850
2010 54,680
2011 57,950
2012 59,610
2013 62,830
2014 65,130
2015 70,220
2016 76,630
2017 81,330
2018 88,390

Occupational Health and Safety Technicians

Year Number
2004 11,190
2005 9,510
2006 10,020
2007 10,260
2008 10,540
2009 10,070
2010 10,040
2011 11,090
2012 11,890
2013 13,660
2014 13,990
2015 16,050
2016 16,560
2017 17,490
2018 18,020

Miscellaneous Health Practitioners and Technical Workers

Year Number
2012 70,910
2013 68,880
2014 65,420
2015 65,410
2016 62,850
2017 62,360
2018 62,210

Athletic Trainers

Year Number
2001 12,580
2002 13,500
2003 11,750
2004 13,100
2005 15,110
2006 15,440
2007 14,970
2008 15,070
2009 15,260
2010 16,290
2011 18,240
2012 20,780
2013 22,340
2014 22,400
2015 23,450
2016 24,130
2017 25,010
2018 26,890

Genetic Counselors

Year Number
2012 2,000
2013 1,980
2014 2,180
2015 2,520
2016 2,720
2017 2,660
2018 2,640

Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Workers, All Other

Year Number
2004 52,240
2005 50,880
2006 50,690
2007 53,640
2008 55,750
2009 56,520
2012 48,130
2013 44,560
2014 40,840
2015 39,440
2016 36,000
2017 34,700
2018 32,680