Report: One in Eight People Work in Healthcare

The healthcare industry is becoming increasingly diverse in gender and work level as it continues to grow "like crazy," according to an NPR report.

One in eight people now work in healthcare in the U.S., and the industry spends about $2.7 trillion each year, the report said. The industry is adding not just physicians and nurses, but also technicians, receptionists, insurance representatives and custodians, comprising an increasingly large chunk of society.

"What is outstanding about the healthcare workforce is the extent to which it's female and the extent to which it's female at higher wage levels and higher education levels. This is in much the same way the manufacturing workforce — the old industrial economy — was a boy's economy. The health care economy — the post-industrial economy — is a woman's economy," said  Tony Carnevale, director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.

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