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Medical Jobs in Virginia Increasing

Posted on October 7, 2008

Medical jobs in Virginia are continuing to grow.

As of August 2008, Virginia‘s education and health services industry employed 431,200 workers, an increase of 2.5 percent from last year, according to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. This industry has seen an over-the-year increase every month this year, by 2.4 percent in March, by 2.3 percent in April, by 2.4 percent in May, by 2.7 percent in June, by 2.7 percent in July and by 2.5 percent in August.

According to the Virginia Workforce Connection, there were 344,320 jobs in Virginia’s healthcare and social services industry in 2006, and is projected to employ 451,823 workers by 2016. This represents an increase of 107,503 jobs, a growth of 2.75 percent annually or 31.2 percent total.

The United States Department of Health and Human Services lists 85 hospitals throughout Virginia. Some of the more notable hospitals in the state include Inova Fairfax Hospital, the largest hospital in the Washington Metropolitan Area and the Medical College of Virginia, the medical school of Virginia Commonwealth University, which is home to the oldest organ transplant program.

U.S. News & World Report ranked The University of Virginia Medical Center’s endocrinology specialty the eighth best in the country and the best in the south. Sentara Norfolk General Hospital also is nationally ranked and was the site of the first successful in-vitro fertilization birth. Virginia also has many primary care physicians, with 123.7 physicians per 100,000 people, the 12th highest in the nation.

The healthcare industry in America was the largest in 2006, providing 14 million jobs, including 13.6 million jobs for wage and salary and 438,000 self-employed jobs. Of the 20 fastest-growing occupations, seven are healthcare related. The healthcare industry is expected to create 3 million new jobs through 2016, which is more than any other industry. Another advantage of the industry is that most workers have jobs requiring less than four years of college education.

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