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Critical Care

1/7/2021 9:00:00 AM

Amid this pandemic, the Health Care industry has perhaps never been more important to Southeast Minnesota’s economy. But the industry has long been a cornerstone of the regional economy. Health Care and Social Assistance has consistently provided more than 60,000 jobs in the region over the past 10 years, accounting for more than one in every four jobs, the highest concentration of health care jobs of any region in the state.

Going back two decades, Health Care and Social Assistance had added nearly 22,000 additional jobs in Southeast Minnesota, making it the largest employing industry in the region. And Health Care continued adding jobs despite two recessions, gaining jobs from 2001 to 2002 and from 2008 to 2010 while other industries were cutting jobs. And the industry gained another 8,000 jobs between 2009 and 2019, as seen on the infographic. However, Health Care suffered severe employment declines from the second quarter of 2019 to the second quarter of 2020, dropping over 3,300 jobs, setting this recession apart from previous recessions (see Figure 1).

Southeast Minnesota Industry Employment Statistics

While hiring activity dropped quickly during April and May, Health Care Practitioners and Health Care Support Workers were among the occupational groups with the most new job postings in both June and July, with demand picking up in the fall and early winter as a second surge in coronavirus cases spread through the region. Nursing and Residential Care Facilities and Hospitals both exhibited acute demand for workers as they ramped up to meet regional needs, including to bring additional staff on board to cover shifts for workers who had to isolate because of exposure to the virus.

Using data from the most recent Job Vacancy Survey, DEED’s updated Occupations in Demand tool shows that more than one in every four of the occupations in highest demand in the region are health care-related, from Home Health Aides to RNs to Physicians and Surgeons. Jobseekers looking to get into the health care field will find a wide variety of opportunities with a range of typical educational requirements. Several of the jobs hiring now can be started with a high school diploma and some on the-job training, while others require vocational training, an associate’s degree, or a graduate or professional degree (see Table 1).

Table 1. Southeast Minnesota Five-Star Health care Occupations in Demand, 2020

SOC Code Job Title Current Demand Rank Median Annual Wage Projected Growth Rate, 2018-2028 Projected Openings, 2018-2028 Typical Education Requirements
291141 Registered Nurses 1 $76,167 +11.4% +8,840 Associate's degree
311120 Home Health & Personal Care Aides 2 $28,180 +28.8% +9,094 High school diploma/equiv.
311131 Nursing Assistants 4 $34,626 +6.2% +5,411 Vocational training
292040 Emergency Medical Technicians & Paramedics 6 $39,334 +8.9% +1,027 Vocational training
292061 Licensed Practical & Vocational Nurses 8 $48,401 +9.3% +1,284 Vocational training
291051 Pharmacists 12 $144,197 +7.9% +586 Graduate/professional degree
291228 Physicians, All Other; & Ophthalmologists 17 $208,638   NA Graduate/professional degree
292056 Veterinary Technologists & Technicians 24 $35,768 +3.5% +245 Associate's degree
291171 Nurse Practitioners 26 $124,871 +23.5% +559 Graduate/professional degree
292052 Pharmacy Technicians 29 $36,205 +4.8% +676 High school diploma/equiv.
292055 Surgical Technologists 34 $59,643   NA Associate's degree
291221 Pediatricians, General 36 $208,174   NA Graduate/professional degree
319092 Medical Assistants 37 $43,323 +18.2% +1,695 Vocational training
211015 Rehabilitation Counselors 38 $41,342 -5.6% +319 Bachelor's degree
291216 General Internal Medicine Physicians 46 $203,677 +3.4% +39 Graduate/professional degree
311132 Orderlies 47 $41,204   NA High school diploma/equiv.
319097 Phlebotomists 53 $43,116   NA High school diploma/equiv.
291151 Nurse Anesthetists 57 $201,711 +11.6% +111 Graduate/professional degree
291223 Psychiatrists 67 $188,157 +18.0% +61 Graduate/professional degree
299098 Health Information Technologists, All Other 71 $91,349   NA Vocational training
211094 Community Health Workers 74 $32,305 +13.0% +134 High school diploma/equiv.
292057 Ophthalmic Medical Technicians 77 $51,245 +14.3% +56 High school diploma/equiv.
291298 Acupuncturists & Health Diagnosing, All Other 82 $73,473   NA Graduate/professional degree
291125 Recreational Therapists 83 $47,748   NA Bachelor's degree
211013 Marriage and Family Therapists 84 $57,395 +31.5% +109 Graduate/professional degree
Source: DEED Occupations in Demand

No other industry is as directly impacted by the pandemic as health care – but health care workers have responded with courage and compassion to serve the citizens of our state and region. DEED and CareerForce are mobilizing resources to help laid off workers move into high demand health care occupations, some of which urgently need workers now and all of which are also projected to have future demand as well. For more information, reach out to your local CareerForce location!

Minnesota Health Care Highlights

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