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.


2022 Industry Jobs in Spokane County


Total Change Over the Last Five Years


Five Year Change


Average Annual Wages in Industry


Source: Lightcast 2023.3 for Spokane County

2022 In Demand Occupations

Healthcare Practitioners and Support (SOC 29.0000 - 31.0000)


Physical Therapists

Registered Nurses

Clinical Laboratory Technologists

Physical Therapist Assistants

Medical Equipment Preparers


Respiratory Therapists

Nurse Practitioners

Ophthalmic Medical Technicians

Massage Therapists

Veterinary Assistants

Physician Assistants

Speech-Language Pathologists

Physicians, All Other

Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Workers

Dental Assistants


Occupational Therapists


Dental Hygienists

Nursing, Psychiatric, and Home Health Aides

Medical Assistants

Healthcare Support Workers, All Other

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