With San Antonio’s diverse mix of nationally-recognized healthcare systems, well-regarded research institutions, health profession education programs, cutting-edge biotech companies and successful national corporations, the bioscience and healthcare industry is a dominant force in the city’s economy. The industry includes both direct and indirect healthcare services. Direct healthcare services include care provided in hospitals, physicians’ offices, nursing homes, offices and clinics of a variety of other healthcare providers, and various other outpatient and ambulatory care settings. Indirect related industries complement and support the provision of medical and healthcare. These industry sectors include health insurance carriers, pharmaceutical companies, medical equipment producers and manufacturers, civilian and military medical education, biomedical research organizations, residential care and social service providers, and a variety of related endeavors.
|Occupation||2010 Jobs||2014 Jobs||Change||% Change|
|Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants||7,728||6,660||-1,068||-13.82%|
|Personal and home care aides||7,813||20,144||12,331||157.83%|
|Medical and clinical laboratory technicians||1,363||1,463||100||7.34%|
|Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics|
|Job Title||Median Hourly Wage|
|Medical Laboratory Technologist||$16.44|
|Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurse||$20.63|
|Medical Records Clerk||$17.63|
|Medical Assistant (non-certified)||$12.28|
|Pharmacy Technician (certified)||$15.33|
|Source: Texas Workforce Commission.|
In 2011, San Antonio’s major biomedical research institutions were awarded more than $459 million in external research grants. Baptist Health System, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System, Methodist Health System, and University Health System were each recognized by U.S. News and World Report for clinical excellence in over a dozen unique specialties between them. Military healthcare delivery also leads the way not only in San Antonio, but in the nation. Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) and the 59th Medical Wing through their various medical facilities spread throughout Joint Base San Antonio and the city of San Antonio represent the largest military healthcare establishment in the country. Together the two commands comprise the San Antonio Military Health System and support over 250,000 beneficiaries.