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

2018 In Demand Occupations

Healthcare Practitioners and Support (SOC 29.0000 - 31.0000)



Family and General Practitioners

Physicians and Surgeons

Physician Assistants

Occupational Therapists


Veterinary Assistants

Physical Therapists

Respritory Therapists

Speech-Language Pathologists


Registered Nurses

Nurse Practitioners

Clinical Laboratory Technicians

Dental Hygienists

Radiologic Technologists

Pharmacy Technicians

Surgical Technologists

Ophthalmic Medical Technicians

Licensed Practical Nurse

Medical Records Technicians

Home Health Aides

Nursing Assistants

Occupational Therapy Assistants

Physical Therapist Assistants

Physical Therapist Aides

Massage Therapists

Dental Assistants

Medical Assistants



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