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High Demand Sector: Healthcare

Industry Profile: Healthcare

The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) defines the Health Care and Social Assistance sector as establishments providing health care and social assistance for individuals. The industries in this sector are arranged on a continuum starting with establishments providing medical care exclusively, continuing with those providing health care and social assistance, and finally those providing only social assistance. The services provided by establishments in this sector are delivered by trained professionals. All industries in the sector share this commonality of process, namely, labor inputs of health practitioners or social workers with the requisite expertise. Many of the industries in the sector are defined based on the educational degree held by the practitioners included in the industry.

Relevant Industry Data for the District of Columbia:
Supply for workers in this sector is low: An average area the size of the District would have approximately 54,201 Healthcare Occupation workers, where are approximately 44,699 healthcare workers in the District of Columbia. This lower-than-expected supply may make it more difficult to find candidates. The gap between expected and actual employment is expected to increase over the next 5 years.

  • The number of unique job postings in the last 12 months was 24,493.
  • Jobs in this industry can be found in General Medical and Surgical Hospitals (26.1%), Federal Government, Civilian (22.9%), Offices of Physicians (7.9%).
  • The median compensation for Healthcare Occupation workers is $37.03 per hour, 29% higher than the National median wage of $28.73 per hour.
  • 77.5% of high demand Healthcare jobs in the District are held by females.
  • 65.3% of high demand Healthcare jobs in the District are held by racial minorities.
  • 74.8% of Healthcare jobs in the District are held by individuals ages 25-54.

*The data provided in the section above is derived from the Lightcast Occupations Snapshot Report for the District of Columbia, and is based on 27 occupations in Job Zones 1-5.

The top 10 employers for the Healthcare Industry within the last 12 months are: MedStar Health, Children’s National Medical Center, George Washington University Hospital, Children's National Hospital, Johns Hopkins, Universal Health Services, Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins Medical Center Corporate Security, Bridgepoint Healthcare and Aya Healthcare.

Mayors 2023 to 2028 Comeback Plan: Occupations within this industry align with the Life Sciences and HealthTech Industry outlined within the Mayors Comeback Plan.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) prepares secondary and post-secondary adult students which aligns this industry with their Health Science Industry.

Wage and Unique Postings information captured in the chart reflects August 2023 Lightcast Occupations Report data and will be updated annually.

Click on the links below to view the Career Pathway Maps and High-Demand Occupations for the Healthcare Industry:

Healthcare HealthEd Career Pathways Final.pdf
Healthcare LabTech Career Pathways Final.pdf
Healthcare Nursing Career Pathways Final.pdf
High Demand Occupations List FY2024.pdf