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.

Economic Impact

  • In 2015, according to a San Antonio Chamber of Commerce study, the economic impact of the Bioscience and Healthcare industry was $28.4 billion measured conservatively or more than $37 billion by a more comprehensive estimate. The comprehensive estimate takes into account the full impact of academic and military medicine, which are integral components of San Antonio’s biomedical sector.
  • The industry paid $8.9 billion in wages and salaries to 172,094 employees in 2015.
  • More than one of every six San Antonio employees works in the Bioscience and Healthcare industry.
  • The Bioscience and Healthcare industry has added 50,000 net new jobs over the past decade, fueling San Antonio’s growth.

Bioscience and Healthcare Jobs in San Antonio MSA

Occupation 2010 Jobs 2014 Jobs Change % Change
Registered nurse 10,741 17,572 6,831 63.6%
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
Nurse Practitioner $44.10
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurse $20.63
Nursing Assistant $11.07
Medical Records Clerk $17.63
Medical Assistant (non-certified) $12.28
Pharmacy Technician (certified) $15.33
Source: Texas Workforce Commission.

Growth in the Bioscience and Healthcare Industry

In 2013, San Antonio’s major biomedical research institutions were awarded more than $325 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.

Bioscience and Healthcare Companies in San Antonio MSA