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This is a very large industry. Nationally, about 9,273,570 people are employed. In Minnesota, about 197,373 people work in the industry.
In this industry, wages are about average. Pay is higher than average in general, surgical, and government hospitals and lower than average in nursing and residential care.
The outlook is for faster than average job growth. The number of jobs in nursing facilities is expected to grow much faster than average. More hospitals consolidate to reduce costs. They offer more day surgery and emergency care. Even with these trends, hospitals provide more jobs than any other part of the health services industry. Many openings occur to replace workers who leave their jobs.
The outlook depends on growing numbers of older people and people who have special needs. The outlook also depends on public and private health insurance. Whether people can have services often depends on whether they have insurance coverage.
Nationally, leading states for jobs in the industry are California, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Florida. The states with the fewest hospital jobs are Wyoming, Alaska, and Vermont.