Health Care

At the intersection of technology, science and empathy lies health care. From one-on-one roles like nursing to operating electromagnetic rays to solve medical mysteries, health care field workers help the public stay healthy and well while quickly solving problems when something goes wrong. This field calls for workers who are both people- and detail-oriented with a desire to help others.

Illustration of 3 workers in health care

Why It’s Important to San Diego

Health care is often considered recession-proof because the demand for medical care doesn’t depend on the state of the economy. As San Diego’s population ages, health care services ranging from nursing to physical therapy will become even more in-demand. San Diego County stands out from other regions because of our advanced medical research and biotechnology industries, which work together with local hospitals to provide cutting-edge treatment. San Diego ranks #1 in the U.S. for genomic patents and is home to more than 80 research institutions and 30 hospitals. As an example, Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine works with Illumina to provide whole-genome sequencing to diagnose and treat children with rare genetic diseases.

157,756

People Employed

9%

of all San Diego County jobs

12,514

Number of Businesses

Subsectors

  • Hospital & residential care facilities
  • Offices of health care practitioners
  • Specialized health centers
  • Ambulatory & home health care services
  • Medical laboratories

 


The following three sections are available as interactive charts on desktop and tablet devices.

Sector Job Growth

Wp Sectorcharts Healthcare Rev

What Are the Largest Occupations in This Sector? 

Hover over the bars to see RIASEC interests and typical training and experience, then visit Career Coach to learn more about any of the occupations below.

  • Registered Nurses: 22,174
  • Personal Care Aides: 9,142
  • Nursing Assistants: 8,328
  • Medical Secretaries: 7,961
  • Medical Assistants: 7,166
  • Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses: 4,548
  • Dental Assistants: 4,517
  • Receptionists and Information Clerks: 3,937
  • Physicians and Surgeons, All Other: 3,603
  • Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians: 2,870



How do I start my career in Health Care?

Do Some Research

  • Use Career Coach to explore which occupations align with your interests, get a behind-the-scenes peek at careers and discover local companies

Expand Your Network

  • Use social media tools like LinkedIn to network with professionals and request informational interviews to ask people about their career path, education and job responsibilities.  Check out this video for help getting started.
  • Volunteer at a hospital to meet and interact with professionals in the medical field

Get Hands-on Experience

Get Training

  • Check out our On-demand Training Library to build essential and technical skills related to occupations in the field
  • There are many jobs in health care that start with a short certification program and allow you to build your career with further training and experience. Find these programs at your local community colleges and adult education providers. Visit careered.org or your local adult education provider.

More Resources

Visit workforce.org/posters to download the Health Care poster and 2-pager.

 

Data source: Emsi Labor Market Analytics, 2020 – economicmodeling.com