The Healthcare and Social Assistance sector is by far the fastest growing industry in Spokane County.
In just the past five years, over 4,352 healthcare and social assistance related jobs have been created locally, and strong continued new job growth is forecasted for the sector. Spokane is the regional hub for health care in Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho, with a diverse cluster of hospitals, research facilities, labs, education, and clinics.
Spokane is now home to two separate medical schools, the Washington State University medical school on the Riverpoint campus, and a University of Washington and Gonzaga University joint venture on the Gonzaga campus. As the Baby Boom generation increases demand for medical services, Spokane’s healthcare industry is expected to continue to grow.
2013 Industry Jobs in Spokane County
2018 Industry Jobs in Spokane County
Total Change Over the Last Five Years
Average Annual % Change
Average Annual Earnings in Industry
Source: JobsEQ 2018Q4 for Spokane County
2019 In Demand Occupations
Healthcare Practitioners and Support (SOC 29.0000 - 31.0000)
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
Physical Therapist Aides
Medical Equipment Preparers
Medical Records and Health Information Technicians
Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers
Physicians and Surgeons
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians
Ophthalmic Medical Technicians
Physical Therapist Assistants