Who’s In the Health Workforce?

The health workforce is made up of people working in a wide range of professions and occupations, both within and outside the health care sector. This goes well beyond doctors and nurses.

When most people think of “health care” they often think of services for physical health. But there are many other components of health to consider, including oral health and mental/behavioral health.

There are also individuals who don’t provide the actual health services, but assist with the operation of health care or health related organizations.

Below is a small sample of the different types of professions and occupations that are a part of the health workforce:

  • Dentists
  • Dental hygienists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Creative arts therapists
  • Horticultural Therapists
  • Massage therapists
  • Dietitians and Nutritionists
  • EMTs and Paramedics
  • Social Workers
  • Home Health Aides
  • Patient Care Coordinators
  • Medical Billers

For a more information about health professions and occupations in New York State, visit our NY Health Careers website.

For a complete list of current health occupations, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.