HEALTHCARE

AT A GLANCE

Healthcare is one of the fastest growing industries in Seattle-King County, with nearly one quarter of Washington state's health systems, and one of the largest metropolitan public health departments in the country. Healthcare job demand has been growing for several decades, and an increase in both retirements and demand for services presents even greater career opportunities in the future.

OPPORTUNITY IN HEALTHCARE

24%

54%

38%

37%

32%

17,932

160,240

$68,119

businesses in Seattle-King County

jobs in Seattle-King County

average annual earnings

increase in healthcare job demand

Physical Therapy Assistant

Medical Assistant

Medical Secretary

Licensed Practical Nurse

2028

NOW

 

HEALTHCARE PROPERTIES

WORK AREAS

Hospitals

Family medicine

Community health

Aging/long-term care

Specialty clinics

Communication

TOOLS
OF THE TRADE

Attention to detail

Social perceptiveness

Critical thinking

POPULATION BASICS

HEALTHCARE WORKERS BY AGE

14-18 (1%)

2018

19-24 (7%)

25-34 (24%)

35-44 (23%)

45-54 (21%)

55-64 (18%)

65+ (7%)

HEALTHCARE WORKERS BY EDUCATION

Less than HS (9%)

HS or equivalent (20%)

Some college or Associate's (33%)

Bachelor's or Advanced (38%)

2017

 

Dental

Assistant

$15 - $23

Dentist

$53 - $115

Dental

Hygienist

$37 - $50

START

- Certified Nursing
Assistant

- Environmental Services

- EMT

- Home Care Aid

$12 - $18

Pharmacist

$53 - $66

Pharmacy
Tech

$17 - $24

Pharmacy
Clerk/Aide

$11 - $19

Radiology Tech

$27 - $40

Radiologist

$50 - $150

Physical/
Occupational Therapy Aide

$10 - $18

Respiratory Therapist

$27 - $39

Physical/
Occupational
Therapy Assistant

$22 - $35

Physical/
Occupational Therapist

$30 - $48

Clinical Lab Technician

$15 - $25

Medical/Lab Technologist
$24 - $39

Physician/
Surgeon

$55 - $150

Registered Nurse
$29 - $47

Licensed
Practical Nurse

$21 - $29

Advanced Practice/
Speciality Nurse

$43 - $60

Substance Abuse & Behavioral Disorder Counselor
$15 - $26

Psychiatrist
$75 - $170

Surgical
Tech

$22 - $31

Medical Assistant
$16 - $22

Central
Supply/Sterile
Processing

$14 - $24

Range of hourly wages from entry-level to experienced (2018), Emsi

Clerk/Receptionist, Health Desk, Customer Service Rep

$13 - $23

Medical Records & Health Information Technician

$16 - $27

Medical Secretary

$17 - $25

Other Health Admin (Accounting, HR)

$15 - $26

Health Services Manager

$35 - $78

Health Information Technologist

$30 - $54

Lab Assistant/
Phlebotomist

$15 - $20

EDUCATION / EXPERIENCE

Entry-level (may require certification

Less than Associate's degree and/or some experience

Associate's or Bachelor's degree and/or moderate experience

Advanced degree and/or significant experience

TRANSFER SKILLS TO

Public Sector

Information Technology

Physician Assistant Certified

$44 - $63

CAREER MAP

This map includes some of the most in-demand healthcare jobs in Seattle-King County, including branches like nursing and therapeutic care, but the industry has many other opportunities—from behavioral health to marketing. Although career progression is largely tied to education, entry-level positions provide a helpful window into healthcare's different branches.

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