Occupational Mobility Among Individuals in Entry-Level Health Professions



  • Abstract

    Given that entry-level healthcare jobs are among the fastest growing jobs in the U.S., public perception is that the healthcare industry may provide an opportunity for upward mobility. Recent work in the long-term care sector, however, found that half of the exiting healthcare workers, most of which are in entry-level occupations (i.e., those requiring less than a bachelor’s degree), left the labor force or found themselves unemployed rather than move up a career ladder. This trend brings about concerns that the health workforce pipeline may not be sufficient to keep up with the demand for these types of workers. In this study, we explored the career transitions among individuals in select entry-level allied health occupations to determine whether they stayed in healthcare and/or moved up in occupational level over time, and the individual characteristics associated with different career pathways.


  • Authors:

    Snyder CR, Dahal AD, Frogner BK

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  • Edition:

    Dec 2016.

  • Documents:

    Policy Brief

  • Citation:

    Snyder CR, Dahal AD, Frogner BK. Occupational Mobility Among Individuals in Entry-Level Health Professions. , Dec 2016.

  • Related Studies:

    Career Paths of Allied Health Professionals