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New IDB study says that Belize will need 13,000 health and education professionals by 2040

Posted: Friday, February 1, 2019. 7:21 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: A new study published by the Inter-American Development Bank(IDB), predicts that Belize will need approximately 9,000 teachers, 1,000 doctors and 2,000 nurses by the year 2040.

The IDB said that the report, “Education and Health: the sectors of the future?” is available to download as of today from the publications section of the IDB’s official website. The report, which is the second in a series The Future of Work in Latin America and the Caribbean, analyzes more than 40 years worth of data to project the demand for social sector professionals in 24 countries in the region.

“Our study shows that, even in the framework of the fourth industrial revolution, we can expect the number of teachers, doctors, and nurses in Latin America and the Caribbean to continue growing at great speed” explains Marcelo Cabrol, manager of the IDB Social Sector.

Cabrol explained that for the education sector, the IDB made its projections by looking at variables such as the school-age population, school enrollment rates and the number of children per teacher are considered. For the health sector, the IDB considered the number of doctors is estimated with respect to the aging population that will exist in the coming decades, as well as the proportion of nurses for each doctor.

The report also highlights that jobs in education and health are good quality jobs, especially for women.


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