Employment: Health care and social assistance employed 360,742 people in ’17, almost one in eight Houston workers, according to the Texas Workforce Commission. Ambulatory health care accounts for 43.4 percent of the sector employment, hospitals for 32.9 percent and social assistance, nursing and residential care for 23.8 percent. Average annual wage for the entire industry was $54,100 in ’17.
According to the Texas Medical Board, 17,986 physicians are licensed in the Houston region, 80.8 percent of which are in Harris County alone. Houston is home to a concentration of anesthesiologists, nurse anesthetists, cardiovascular technologists and technicians, respiratory therapy technicians, and occupational health and safety specialists/technicians larger than the national average.
Establishments: Houston’s 19,688 health care and social assistance establishments included 12,917 ambulatory health care providers, 5,908 social assistance establishments, 676 nursing and residential care facilities and 187 hospitals in ’17.
Top Employers: CHI St. Luke’s, HCA, Harris Health System, Houston Methodist, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Texas Children’s Hospital and UTMB Health.
Texas Medical Center
Houston’s Texas Medical Center is the world’s largest medical complex by multiple measures: number of hospitals, number of physicians, square footage and patient volume. The Texas Medical Center’s 61 member institutions have been consistently recognized as some of the best hospitals and universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.
TMC by the numbers:
Some prominent members include:
Baylor College of Medicine, CHI St. Luke’s Health, Harris Health System, Houston Methodist Hospital, Memorial Hermann, Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Rice University, Texas A&M University Health Science Center, Texas Children’s Hospital, Texas Heart Institute, The University of Texas Health Science Center, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, UTMB Health and the University of Houston.
The Texas Medical Center is working to develop five institutes that foster collaboration across all member institutions:
In April ’18, TMC announced the creation of TMC3, a multi-institutional 30-acre research campus that brings together the best institutions in clinical care, research and industry. The campus is projected to be complete in ’22, create nearly 30,000 jobs and bring $5.2 billion to Houston’s economy.
Patrick Jankowski, CERP
Senior Vice President, Research
Houston employed 360,742 health care workers in '17
Projected economical impact of TMC's new research campus TMC3