Health Care Workforce Data

The health of Vermonters depends, in part, on access to health care. The Health Department measures the supply of health care providers, including their distribution by geography and specialty. These data are used as the basis for state level analysis, federal level shortage area designations, and recruitment and retention activities. In recent years there has also been a federal effort to define a “minimum dataset” of health care provider data, across the states.

At A Glance

Download the Health Care Workforce Census At a Glance document.

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Recent Reports

About Health Care Workforce Surveys and Reports


The Health Department has been conducting a census of selected health care providers since 1994. Physicians (MDs and DOs), dentists and physician assistants were surveyed every two years at the time of their relicensing. Advance practice nurses were surveyed in 1998, 2000 and 2002.

In 2013, the Vermont Legislature enacted a law to make workforce data collection mandatory for all health care professions at the time of license renewal. Since then, census data has been collected on dozens of provider types, including nurses, pharmacists, optometrists, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, dental hygienists and assistants, chiropractors and others. As data is analyzed, health care workforce reports are published on this website.

Who Is Included?

The surveys are intended to include all active providers, which creates a census rather than a sample survey.  For that purpose, the respondents are compared with lists of licensees (from the Board of Medical Practice or the Secretary of State, and follow-up is conducted to reach those who did not respond. Final response rate is usually above 99%. Included in the surveys and reports are those practitioners who provide patient care in Vermont. Excluded are the substantial number of providers who maintain Vermont licenses even though they do not practice in Vermont.

Data Collected

The data collected includes location(s) of practice, specialty, type of practice setting and the number of hours worked per week. This allows us to calculate full-time equivalency (FTEs) by specialty and geographic region, which is something that cannot be done from licensure data. Additional information is collected, e.g. on whether practitioners are accepting new patients.



Current Reports

Previous Reports
Provider TypeData YearReports

* For reports before 2005, contact

Dental Assistants
Mental Health Care Providers
Nurses, Advanced Practice Registered (APRN)

Current Reports

Previous Reports

Provider Type Data Year Reports
Nurse Practitioner 2017 Detail
Nurse Practitioner 2017 Summary
Nurse Practitioner 2015 Detail
Nurse Practitioner 2015 Summary
Nurse Practitioner 2002 Detail
Nurse Practitioner 2002 Summary
Nurse Practitioner 2000 Detail

* For reports before 2000, contact

Nurses, Licensed Practical (LPN)

The reports below are done by UVM AHEC Program, a statewide network of community and academic partners working together to improve the health of Vermonters.

Nurses, Registered (RN)

The reports below are done by UVM AHEC Program, a statewide network of community and academic partners working together to improve the health of Vermonters.


Current Reports

Previous Reports

Provider Type Data Year Report Type
Physician 2018 Detail
Physician 2018 Summary
Physician 2016 Detail
Physician 2016 Summary
Physician 2014 Detail
Physician 2014 Summary
Physician 2010 Detail
Physician 2010 Summary
Physician 2008 Detail
Physician 2008 Summary
Physician 2006 Detail
Physician 2006 Summary
Physician 2004 Detail
Physician 2004 Summary

* For reports before 2004, contact 

Physican Assistants

Current Reports

Previous Reports

Provider Type Data Year Reports
Physician Assistants 2018 Summary
Physician Assistants 2018 Detail
Physician Assistants 2016 Detail
Physician Assistants 2016 Summary
Physician Assistants 2014 Detail
Physician Assistants 2014 Summary
Physician Assistants 2012 Detail
Physician Assistants 2012 Summary
Physician Assistants 2010 Detail
Physician Assistants 2010 Summary
Physician Assistants 2008 Detail
Physician Assistants 2008 Summary
Physician Assistants 2006 Detail
Physician Assistants 2006 Summary

* For reports before 2006, contact 

Respiratory Therapists
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Jess Moore
VT Dept of Health
280 State Drive
Waterbury VT, 05671-8370