The Healthcare and Social Assistance sector is by far the fastest growing industry in Spokane County.

In just the past five years, nearly 4,000 healthcare and social assistance related jobs have been created locally, and strong continued new job growth is forecast 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 and the area’s population continues to expand, Spokane’s healthcare industry is expected to experience further growth.


2023 Industry Jobs in Spokane County


Total Change Over the Last Five Years


Five Year Change


Average Annual Wages in Industry


Source: Lightcast 2024.1 for Spokane County

2023 In Demand Occupations

Healthcare Practitioners and Support (SOC 29.0000 - 31.0000)


Physician Assistants

Occupational Therapists

Physical Therapists

Respiratory Therapists

Speech-Language Pathologists


Registered Nurses

Nurse Practitioners

Emergency Medical Technicians

Pharmacy Technicians

Ophthalmic Medical Technicians

Licensed Practical Nurses

Healthcare Practitioners, All Other

Home Health Aides

Physical Therapist Assistants

Massage Therapists

Dental Assistants

Medical Assistants

Medical Equipment Preparers

Veterinary Assistants


Healthcare Support Workers, All Other

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