Study: Metro area health care jobs poised to spike
Monday, September 17, 2012
The Portland metro area, including Clark County, will see employment in the health care industry increase by about 16 percent, or 114,323 jobs, in the next five years, according to a new study.
The "2012 Regional Health Care Workforce Report," released Monday by the Columbia Willamette Workforce Collaborative, shows health care is growing at twice the rate of the national economy and will create 5.6 million jobs by 2020.
The Portland area is meeting that employment demand, the study said, through training programs offered by educational and workforce institutions.
According to the study, the occupations with the most projected job openings from 2011 to 2016 include medical office administration, reception, coding and billing, and registered nurse and nursing aides, including health care aids and certified nursing assistants.