US Military and California Health Personnel: Select Comparisons


Melissa Knox, Catherine Dower, Ed O'Neil

Feb. 01, 2008

As California faces workforce shortages and geographic mal-distribution in many of the health care professions, policy makers are looking to expanding educational programs, rethinking practice models and improving recruitment and retention efforts among existing and new pools of workers. One potential pool of health care workers includes former military personnel returning from active duty or retiring with years available for service in the civilian labor force. This report compares a select set of U.S. military health occupations with similar civilian health occupations in California; characteristics compared include job descriptions, education and training, legal scope of practice and certification or licensure requirements.