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Hospital Employment by Occupation

Ever wonder about the types of workers employed by hospitals? The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics tracks the number of employees by occupation that work in various industry sectors. Using the BLS’ Occupational Employment Statistics Query System, you can learn that hospitals employed the following numbers nationwide as of May 2011:

  • Chief executives: 6250
  • Human resources managers: 4270
  • Marketing managers: 1420
  • Public relations and fundraising managers: 2000
  • Compliance officers: 5270
  • Social and community services managers: 3560
  • Food service managers: 1690
  • Chefs and head cooks: 1030
  • Bakers: 250
  • Dishwashers: 1440
  • Biomedical engineers: 1150
  • Clergy: 6760
  • Mental health and substance abuse social workers: 17,110
  • Lawyers: 830
  • Librarians: 1290
  • Interpreters and translators: 4400
  • General dentists: 1220
  • Pharmacists: 63,180
  • Surgeons: 6870
  • Photographers: 250
  • Registered nurses: 1,642,900
  • Podiatrists: 430
  • Respiratory therapists: 93,190
  • Surgical technologists: 66,670
  • Nuclear medicine technologists: 13,560
  • Nursing aids, orderlies and attendants: 410,690
  • Medical transcriptionists: 30,120
  • Medical secretaries: 137,830
  • Maids and housekeeping cleaners: 119,320
  • Laundry and dry-cleaning workers: 11,680
  • Pest control workers: 80
  • Landscaping and groundskeeping workers: 3110
  • Construction managers: 640
  • Training and development managers: 1550
  • Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors: 3700
  • Cashiers: 7770
  • Customer service representatives: 33,770
  • Shipping, receiving and traffic clerks: 2930
  • Eligibility interviewers, government programs: 1040
  • Insurance claims and policy processing clerks: 1610
  • Carpenters: 2710
  • Electricians: 3530
  • Parking lot attendants: 1680
  • Taxi drivers and chauffeurs: 3510
  • Ambulance drivers and attendants except emergency medical technicians: 2250
  • Commercial pilots: 100

Employment data for these and many more occupational categories are available for the hospital sector [select NAICS code 62 for the health care and social assistance industry and then the 622000 sector code for hospitals] from the BLS web site.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Employment Statistics Query System. Report generated Mar. 5, 2013 at http://data.bls.gov/oes/

Posted by AHA Resource Center, (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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