As the nation’s largest private-sector industry sector, health care accounts for 13 percent of the total U.S. workforce and is expected to grow significantly over the next several years. Of course, some areas have a much larger share of health care jobs than the national average and rely heavily on this sector to fuel their economies.
Pulling from comprehensive labor market data, CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) recently revealed which areas of the U.S. have the greatest concentration of health care and social assistance jobs, as well as which areas and occupations are growing the fastest.
States with the Highest Share of Health Care Jobs
- Rhode Island – 16.5 percent
- West Virginia – 16 percent
- Maine – 15.6 percent
- Pennsylvania – 15.7 percent
- New York – 15.6 percent
- Massachusetts – 15.3 percent
- Minnesota – 15.2 percent
- Vermont – 15.1 percent
- Connecticut – 15.1 percent
- Ohio – 14.7 percent
Metros with the Highest Share of Health Care Jobs
Rochester, MN has by far the largest share of health care jobs (38.4 percent) of any metro and the most health care jobs per capita (2,274 per 10,000 residents) in the nation.
Of the 100 largest metros in the country, Durham-Chapel Hill has the most health care jobs per capita among the 100 largest metros (1,076 per 10,000 residents) while McAllen-Edinburg Mission has the largest share (21.9 percent). The 10 with the highest share of health care jobs are:
- McAllen-Edinburg-Mission – 21.9 percent
- Durham-Chapel Hill – 18.1 percent
- New Haven-Milford – 17.8 percent
- Worcester – 17.1 percent
- Youngstown-Warren-Boardman – 17.1 percent
- Providence-New Bedford-Fall River -16.7 percent
- Scranton–Wilkes-Barre – 16.3 percent
- Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton – 16.4 percent
- Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor – 16.3 percent
- Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington – 16.2 percent
The 5 Fastest-Growing Metros for Health Care Jobs
- Richmond, VA – up 5.6 percent since 2012, an addition of 4,585 jobs
- Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX – up 5.2 percent, an addition of 16,079 jobs
- Boise City-Nampa, ID – up 4.7 percent, an addition of 1,837 jobs
- Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI – up 4.4 percent, an addition of 2,465 jobs
- Las Vegas-Paradise, NV – up 4.6 percent, an addition of 3,289 jobs
Fast-growing Health Care Segments and Occupations
Of the fastest-growing detailed health care segments, four have added at least 45,000 jobs nationwide: Home health care services; offices of physicians; general medical and surgical hospitals (private); and services for the elderly and person with disabilities.
The health care occupations that have grown the most since 2012 include registered nurses (50,798 new jobs), home health aides (49,530), nursing assistants (13,097) and medical assistants (11,275).