Oversupply of Psychologists in Hawaii?

I have been bogged down with work. Just did a presentation at HPA on professional psychology practice in Hawaii and found some interesting information. In looking at workforce information I was shocked to discover that Hawaii has 854 licensed psychologists! Over 209 are out of state. Hawaii has experienced a 30% increase in the number licensed psychologists in the past 6 years.  See the attached table obtained from DCCA. California had a 30% increase over a ten year period in the 1990’s and the conclusion was the state was “oversupplied.” This is likely to have implications for graduates from local programs, the employment market for psychologists in Hawaii, including those out of state psychologists who might have thought they could retire here,  and the financial viability of private practice.  I will talk about some interesting facts on internship match crisis and EPP scores of local graduates in my next post. 

        Number of Psychologists Licensed in Hawaii    
                     
    Oahu Hawaii Maui Kauai Mainland Foreign TOTAL HI Population Clients/Dr.
  2004 384 54 30 24 147 3 642 1,251,532 2,544
  2005 397 56 32 24 156 3 668 1,264,468 2,484
  2006 418 58 34 25 174 3 712 1,275,264 2,384
  2007 445 57 35 27 180 2 746 1,277,356 2,265
  2008 465 62 37 30 202 2 798 1,288,198 2,169
  2009 494 63 37 28 217 3 842 1,295,178 2,082
  2010 496 69 42 34 209 4 854 1,298,000 2,025
  % Growth 29% 28% 40% 42% 42% 33% 33% 3.7% -20%

 

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