Nearly half of health care workers lack bachelor’s degrees

Courtesy of Accountable Healthcare Holdings Corp Website
Courtesy of Accountable Healthcare Holdings Corp Website

The ever-growing national health care industry is fueled more by workers who have an associate degree or less than it is by workers who have earned bachelor’s degrees in health-related fields, according to a new study that looked at the country’s largest 100 metro areas.

The less educated health care workforce makes up more than half of the nation’s health care labor pool but 46 percent of the health care workers in the Kansas City area and 49 percent in the St. Louis area. The Brookings Institute study pegged the size of the Kansas City area health care workforce in the 10 largest pre-baccalaureate jobs at 34,857, or 6 percent of all pre-baccalaureate workers in the area.

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