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Health Care Employment Demand in the Metro Area

1/28/2021 9:00:00 AM

Tim O'Neill

Last month the metro area local look blog highlighted the profound importance and presence of Health Care and Social Assistance employment in the Seven-County Metro Area was highlighted, as well as the severe impacts COVID-19 has had upon the industry. Despite that impact, demand for health care jobs in the region remains high.

According to DEED’s Job Vacancy Survey (JVS), there were nearly 15,000 Metro Area job vacancies in Health Care and Social Assistance during the second quarter of 2020. This represented a slight 2% decline in total vacancies for the industry from last year. For reference, total vacancies in the region dropped by 23% during that same period, meaning Health Care saw a much smaller decline. Broken down by specific occupation, employers reported the most vacancies for Home Health and Personal Care Aides, Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses, Nursing Assistants, Pharmacy Technicians and Registered Nurses.

Along with job vacancy data, DEED recently updated its Occupations in Demand (OID) data to better reflect hiring demand during COVID-19. This data combines job vacancy data with Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) and Unemployment Insurance (UI) Statistics to create a list of current career opportunities based on the most current labor market information. This information can be used by job seekers and employment counselors for job search and career planning. Table 1 below highlights those top 15 health care occupations in demand in the Metro Area. Just a glance at these occupations shows that there is a wide range of opportunities available, with numerous pathways for entering and advancing in health care.

SOC Codes Job Title Estimated Employment Median Annual Wage Projected Growth Rate, 2018-2028 Education Requirements
291141 Registered Nurses 38,970 $85,602 +11.9% Associate degree
311120 Home Health & Personal Care Aides 66,580 $28,922 +34.9% High school diploma or equivalent
292061 Licensed Practical & Vocat. Nurses 7,230 $51,540 +14.4% Postsecondary non-degree award
311131 Nursing Assistants 13,150 $38,066 +4.4% Postsecondary non-degree award
292052 Pharmacy Technicians 4,410 $40,284 +7.5% High school diploma or equivalent
291171 Nurse Practitioners 2,470 $120,092 +22.3% Graduate or professional degree
291248 Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists 690 >$208,000 +4.9% Graduate or professional degree
291216 General Internal Medicine Physicians 990 >$208,000 +8.9% Graduate or professional degree
319092 Medical Assistants 6,280 $43,012 +20.4% Postsecondary non-degree award
291151 Nurse Anesthetists 1,320 $181,392 +20.5% Graduate or professional degree
291215 Family Medicine Physicians 1,440 >$208,000 +12.9% Graduate or professional degree
319097 Phlebotomists 980 $39,357 +32.2% High school diploma or equivalent
291221 Pediatricians, General 560 $204,943 +4.4% Graduate or professional degree
292057 Ophthalmic Medical Technicians 780 $53,661 +11.0% High school diploma or equivalent
291218 Obstetricians and Gynecologists 500 >$208,000 +5.1% Graduate or professional degree
Source: DEED Occupations in Demand (OID), Occupational Employment Statistics (OES)

Knowing that demand in health care in the Metro Area remains high, CareerForce resources found online can provide that next step for discovering entry points into the industry and the wide variety of careers available. In fact, there is still plenty of time to catch hiring events and career exploration events focused just on health care careers. Such events will, undoubtedly, continue throughout the year.

For More Information

Contact Tim O'Neill, Labor Market Analyst.

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