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Brookings: Healthcare is the Fastest-Growing Industry in the U.S.

July 8, 2013
by Rajiv Leventhal
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Over the past decade, the healthcare industry has added 2.6 million jobs nationwide, making it the fastest growing industry in the U.S., according to a recent report from the Brookings Institution.

The healthcare sector’s 22.7 percent employment growth rate over that period significantly outstripped the 2.1 percent employment growth rate in all other industries. The industry employs about 14.5 million people and accounts for 10.3 percent of jobs nationally in occupations that span the education, skills, and earnings continuum, according to the report.

Other findings from the report include:

  • Across the 100 largest metropolitan areas, the healthcare industry accounts for more than one in every 10 jobs. That share varies from just 7 percent in the Las Vegas metro area to 20 percent in the McAllen, Tx. metro area. Most healthcare-intensive metro areas are found in the Northeast and industrial Midwest, and in areas of Florida with large senior populations.
  • In every one of the 100 largest metro areas, healthcare today represents a higher share of jobs than before the recession struck. Overall, healthcare has accounted for 13 percent of total job growth in the 100 metro areas over the course of the employment recovery. In 11 metro areas that span every major U.S. region, healthcare has accounted for more than 25 percent of that job growth.
  • The occupational distribution of healthcare workers does not dramatically differ across metro areas, although healthcare support workers have the greatest variation between places. Healthcare practitioners (such as doctors, nurses, and dentists) on average account for 3.5 percent of all workers across the 100 largest metro areas, ranging from a low of 2.4 percent of workers up to 5.1 percent in individual metro areas. Healthcare technologists (such as lab technicians, sonographers, Magnetic Resonance Imaging technologists, paramedics, and medical records technicians) represent on average 2 percent of all workers across the 100 largest metro areas, ranging from 1.2 percent to 3.2 percent. Healthcare support workers (such as nursing assistants and home health aides) account for 2.9 percent of all workers across the 100 largest metro areas and have the largest range among healthcare occupations, from a low of 1.9 percent to a high of 5.4 percent.
  • Wages for healthcare workers vary among occupation types and across metro areas. Practitioners have the highest earnings among healthcare workers and earn nearly double the average worker across all metropolitan areas. Healthcare technologists show considerable variation in their earning power across metro areas, earning more than the average worker in 35 of the 100 largest metro areas. Healthcare support workers, on the other hand, earn 37 percent less on average than all workers in large metropolitan areas. On average, healthcare wages track general wage levels in a metro area.

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Great article. I've read that the Life Sciences and Health sector is becoming more and more important. In fact, these are one of the prosperous sectors! SIRE Life Sciences has written an article on this, see here - http://sirelifesciences.maussen.com/104511-topsector-life-sciences-health-is-onmisbaar-voor-een-gezond-en-welvarend-nederland. They provide a lot of interesting articles about the Life Sciences industry, you can find them on the website - http://sirelifesciences.maussen.com/.

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