Industry Overview – Health & Wellness

Healthcare: The Healthcare Services industry cluster includes acute care and outpatient hospitals, nursing homes and rehabilitation centers, adult day care centers, and community service agencies for the elderly. It employed nearly 134,000 people in the economic market in 2014, accounting for 10.8 percent of the workforce. Industries in this cluster may include both public and private employment. Top industries within this cluster include: General Medical and Surgical Hospitals; Offices of Physicians; Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities); Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly; and Outpatient Care Centers. In demand entry-level and middle skills jobs include: medical assistants, certified nursing assistants, licensed practical and vocational nurses, registered nurses, triage nurses, nurse practitioners, emergency medical technicians and paramedics, medical lab technicians, respiratory therapists, clinical technicians, health diagnosticians, a variety of medical support personnel and dental assistants.

Top Employers

Company Name # of Employees County
Sunrise Medical 450 Fresno
Pacific Medical Inc. 400 San Joaquin
Nusil 220 Kern
Dockstader Milling Center 100 Fresno
Valley Instrument Prosthetics 49 Kern
Pelton Shepherd Industries 49 San Joaquin
Top Shelf Manufacturing 49 Tulare

With high-skilled commuters and a growing medical cluster, biotech and medical service companies are popping up in communities throughout Central California.