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Washington D.C. Healthcare Jobs Growing

Posted on September 3, 2008

While the city is often known for its political landscape, Washington D.C. healthcare jobs are growing.

As of July 2008, Washington D.C.‘s education and health services industry employed 104,600 people, according to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, an increase of 7.2 percent from last year. The District of Columbia Department of Employment services expects the educational services industry to employ 57,760 people by 2014, an increase of 7,520 jobs, or 1.4 percent, from the 2004 employment of 50,240.

Washington, D.C. is home to 16 medical centers and hospitals, making it a center for patient care and medical research. Washington Hospital Center is the largest in the district, and is the largest private and largest non-profit hospital in the Washington area. The Children’s National Medical Center is among the highest ranked pediatric hospitals in the country according to U.S. News & World report.

Many of D.C.’s universities, including George Washington University, Georgetown University and Howard University, have medical schools and associated teaching hospitals.

The National Institutes of Health is located in Bethesda, Maryland. The Walter Reed Army Medical Center is located in Northwest Washington and provides care for active-duty and retired personnel.

The healthcare and social service industry employed a total of 15,828,300 people nationwide in July 2008, according to the BLS, up from 15,396,800 in July 2007. The industry saw an unemployment rate of 3.3 percent in July, with 643 job openings and 478 hires.

In 2006, healthcare was the largest industry in the country, creating 14 million jobs, 13.6 million jobs for wage and salary workers and 438,000 self-employed positions. Of the 20 fastest growing occupations, seven are in the healthcare indsutry.

The healthcare industry is expected to create 3 million new wage and salary jobs through 2016, more than any other industry.

About 580,000 establishments make up the healthcare industry, including hospitals, nursing and residential care facilities, offices of physicians, offices of dentists, home healthcare services, offices of other health practitioners, outpatient care centers, other ambulatory healthcare services and medical and diagnostic laboratories.

Almost 77 percent of healthcare establishments are offices of physicians, dentists or other health practitioners, and although hospitals make up 1 percent of all healthcare establishments, they employ 35 percent of workers in the industry.

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