Nature of the Industry
Occupations in the Industry
Training & Advancement
Additional Sources of Information
As the largest industry in 2002, health services provided 12.9 million jobs- 12.5 million jobs for wage and salary workers and about 382,000 jobs for the self-employed.
Ten out of 20 occupations projected to grow the fastest are concentrated in health services.
About 16 percent of all new wage and salary jobs created between 2002 and 2012 will be in health services- 3.5 million jobs, which is more than in any other industry.
The majority of jobs require less than 4 years of college education, but health diagnosing and treating practitioners are among the most educated workers.