With San Antonio’s diverse mix of education institutions, nationally-recognized healthcare systems, 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 2011, according to a Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce study, the economic impact of the Bioscience and Healthcare industry was more than $29.2 billion
  • The industry paid $7.5 billion in wages and salaries to 156,205 employees in 2011
  • One of every six San Antonio employees works in the Bioscience and Healthcare industry.
  • The Bioscience and Healthcare industry has added nearly 40,000 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

Wages

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 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 an 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 240,000 beneficiaries.

Bioscience and Healthcare Companies in San Antonio MSA