The Bureau of Labor (BLS) data shows the healthcare industry is significantly growing with a 9.1% job growth for healthcare practitioners and technical occupations. However, the largest projected employment growth (22.6%) is for healthcare support occupations between 2019 - 2029. In fact, 6 of the 10 fastest growing occupations are related to healthcare.
The healthcare industry plays an integral role in our local community and economic development. Our healthcare heroes have never been even more important while we are facing a global pandemic. As vaccinations are becoming easier to access, Arizona’s economy is recovering and focused on growing.
By building healthier communities through innovative urban design and amenities, Greater Phoenix has become a top destination for healthcare innovation. The region is a premier treatment destination and has made $3 billion in strategic investments in its emerging healthcare enterprise and research capabilities through 2021 (Source: Greater Phoenix Economic Council). Research and clinical institutions in Greater Phoenix are making breakthroughs through healthcare innovation partnerships.
Phoenix is expected to add 88,000 healthcare jobs in the next decade — more than healthcare innovation and biomedical hubs such as Minneapolis, San Francisco, and Seattle (Source: Greater Phoenix Economic Council). The region offers a skilled, diverse workforce that is continuously fueled by globally recognized universities and community colleges such as the Maricopa Community Colleges. Our colleges prepare highly qualified students for in-demand disciplines within the healthcare and bioscience industries.
As we emerge from unprecedented times, the demand for highly skilled healthcare professionals continues to grow and the Maricopa Community Colleges offer over 49 healthcare programs across ten colleges throughout the Valley to support that growth. These programs offer advanced laboratories, modern equipment, clinical experiences, and flexible and specialized classes. Our colleges work closely with local healthcare providers to make sure our graduates have the skills to be ready for work; to meet new demands in the region, and to help provide healthcare employees the opportunity to maintain and improve their skills. Over 80% of our graduates work in healthcare professions, with some programs achieving employment rates of 90-100%, and we produce 33% of all new graduate nurses in Arizona.
Through partnerships with local employers, we are committed to connecting these students to employment opportunities to ensure that the industry has the skilled talent it needs to thrive. If you’re seeking career opportunities in the healthcare field, join us for our upcoming virtual info session with HonorHealth to learn more about the application and hiring process at HonorHealth, hear about their great employee benefits, and get a closer look at what makes HonorHealth a great place to work.