Health Care Services in the Los Angeles Basin Report
A High-Growth Industry
In May 2018, the Center for a Competitive Workforce released its second report in a series of industry “deep-dives” analyzing industries critical to the economic health of Los Angeles and Orange counties. This second report examines the health services industry and was produced through a collaboration with the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC).
The health care services sector is expected to be a significant source of good-paying jobs over the next five years in the Los Angeles Basin, which encompasses Los Angeles and Orange counties. This report analyzes major shifts occurring in the industry and identifies middle-skill jobs, those requiring less than a bachelor’s degree, that have the brightest future in the region.
in economic output annually in the Los Angeles Basin, accounting for nearly 10 percent of the gross regional product
More than half of the jobs in the industry are middle skill and that percentage is expected to grow
health-related awards in the 2016-17 academic year in the two counties
Top Occupations In Health Services
Within the health services industry, 15 occupations were identified that show promise in the region. All occupations are middle skill, meaning they require some education or training beyond a high school diploma, but less than a bachelor’s degree.
Health services workers typically earn higher than average wages compared to the regional economy
Employees in health care earn, on average, $65,030 annually
Of the sectors analyzed, hospitals pay the highest wages, $73,550/year
High-Growth, In-demand Health Services Jobs
These occupations show promise. They pay solid wages and will be needed for years to come.
What they do: Conduct tests on pulmonary or cardiovascular systems of patients for diagnostic, therapeutic or research purposes.
What they do: Administer oral hygiene care to patients.
Technicians and Paramedics
What they do: Administer basic emergency medical care and transport patients to medical facilities.
What they do: Care for ill, injured or convalescing patients or persons with disabilities.
What they do: Monitor patient safety and operate MRI scanners.
Medical and Clinical
What they do: Perform routine medical laboratory tests for disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
Medical and Clinical
What they do: Perform complex medical laboratory tests for disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
Medical Records and Health
What they do: Compile, process and maintain medical records of patients and classify medical concepts into the health care industry’s numerical coding system.
What they do: Prepare medications under the direction of a pharmacist.
What they do: Draw blood for tests, transfusions, donations or research.
What they do: Assess, plan and execute rehabilitative programs to improve or correct disabling conditions.
What they do: Use scanning modalities, such as X-rays and CT scans, for diagnostic or research purposes.
What they do: Assist in operations under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses or other personnel.
What they do: Assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records.
What they do: Assess, treat and care for patients with breathing disorders.
A high-tech career in health data
- SCHOOL: East Los Angeles College, Class of 2015
- PROGRAM: Health Information Technology, A.S.; Medical Coding, certificate
- EMPLOYER: Caban Resources
- JOB TITLE: Clinical data abstractor
For Quadeera Ndjock-Matip, medical coding is all about saving lives.
As a clinical data abstractor in the quality department at Los Angeles USC Medical Center, the data analysis she conducts helps improve patient outcomes.
And while her job typically involves top-notch computer skills, it also hinges on interpersonal communication with physicians and nurse managers.
“Our efforts are moving the needle. Hospital readmission, mortality, length of stay—all of that gets better when the care is better,” she said.
Ndjock-Matip spent 14 years as a property manager, but weary of frequently moving, she decided it was time to go back to school when her son reached high school. She worked a full-time job and went to college on the weekends. It wasn’t easy, but she stuck with it.
“You need to stay laser focused,” she said. “Keep moving. That’s what I did.”
Health Services Jobs on the Rise
Understanding where health services jobs are now, and in the future, is critical for tailoring training and career education programs, as well as regional policies to prepare a workforce that is competitive in a fast-changing global economy.
Which Jobs Pay the Best Wages?
Health services jobs have a positive employment outlook and pay well. These jobs offer a meaningful way to make a positive difference in people’s lives and the community, while offering wages that can support a family and improve standards of living.
Health Care Training Hotspots
In Los Angeles and Orange counties, 25 community colleges offer 20 unique certificate and degree programs related to health care. The health care programs in the region that awarded the most certificates and degrees mirror the occupations with the most projected demand—registered nurses, licensed vocational nurses and radiologic technologists.
Connecting Job Seekers with Health Careers
Los Angeles County America’s Job Centers, also known as WorkSource Centers, serve over 250,000 individuals each year and assist clients with accessing training providers in the community. These one-stop centers are overseen by seven Workforce Development Boards (WDBs), a sample of their data is shown in this report. WDB health care programs with the most participants include:
- Certified nurse assistant/home health aide (608 participants)
- Medical assistant (181 participants)
- Phlebotomy technician (154 participants)
- Medical biller/coder (78 participants)