The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on New Jobs


Joanne Spetz, Bianca K. Frogner, Laurel Lucia, Ken Jacobs

October 19, 2012

This report explores entry-level and low-skill job opportunities that will expand due to ACA implementation. The analyses draw from estimates of future health worker demand published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and a unique analysis of the effect of the ACA on job growth developed from a microsimulation model. This report discusses historic and projected growth rates for entry-level health care careers, defined as those that require a high school degree or lower, including certificate training. We also present case studies that highlight effective education programs that prepare workers for new and changing jobs under the ACA.