Oregon projects strong growth for health care jobs

The Oregon Employment Department has updated its long-term industry and occupational projections, forecasting more strong growth in the health care sector.

The state’s total employment is expected to grow by 260,000 jobs between 2014 and 2024, according to the projections. Health care and social assistance will account for just over 46,000 of those jobs, adding the most of any industry.

Construction is the only industry expected to grow faster than health care in Oregon at 21 percent compared to 19 percent.

The Employment Department’s data is in line with national projections, which predict robust growth in the health care sector and related industries.

Health care occupations and industries are expected to have the fastest employment growth and  add the most jobs between 2014 and 2024, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The Bureau projects the health care and social assistance sector to become the largest employing sector in the next decade, surpassing state and local governments and the professional and business services sector.

The health care and social assistance sector is projected to increase its share of the of the job market from 12 percent in 2014 to 13.6 percent in 2024.

Nationally, health care practitioners, support occupations and technical occupations are projected to contribute the most new jobs, with a combined increase of 2.3 million in employment, representing about 1 in 4 new jobs overall.

Health care spending in the United States currently accounts for roughly 17 percent of the nation’s GDP, according to the World Bank.

Within the health care sector, Oregon is expected to add the following:

  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners: 11,671
  • Health technologists and technicians: 5,551
  • Nursing, psychiatric and home health aides: 3,897
  • Medical assistants: 2,388
  • Nursing assistants: 2,000

To view the full Oregon Employment Department updated long-term industry and occupational projections, click here.