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Health Care Services



About the industry

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With more than 445,000 jobs at more than 14,000 establishments, health care and social assistance is the largest employing industry in Minnesota. The state gained a total of about 114,000 net new jobs from 2003 to 2013, while health care and social assistance added almost 94,500 net new jobs; accounting for 83 percent of the net job growth.

Health care occupations are projected to gain more than 27,500 new jobs in the next ten years, but will also need new workers to fill nearly 34,500 replacement openings due to retirements or other existing workers leaving the labor force. According to DEED’s Employment Outlook, the state of Minnesota will have 62,220 total openings in STEM Health Care occupations from 2012 to 2022.

There are several significant health care services initiatives in Minnesota aimed at serving the industry’s workforce needs. Notable examples include: Blue Ribbon Commission on the University of Minnesota Medical School, Foreign Trained Immigrant Physicians Task Force, Legislative Healthcare Workforce Commission, Mental Health Workforce Development Plan, Itasca Project, and NGA Healthforce Workforce Policy Academy.

As the second stage of the program continues under the new legislation, additional occupations will be identified and competency council work reinstated. To begin this process, we ask for guidance in determining the next occupations to be validated by the Competency Councils, as well as information for the Industry Council in planning outreach and engagement work for 2016. Access the survey to provide feedback here. Please feel free to share the survey with your networks and professional colleagues.

if you would like to participate on the Health Care Services Industry Council or have questions about the Competency Councils or have suggestions for additional occupations, contact Annie Welch, PIPELINE Program manager, at (651) 284-5353 or Annie.Welch@state.mn.us.

Industry Council meeting agendas and summaries (PDFs)

Dec. 2, 2015 agenda presentation
June 15, 2015 agenda presentation
Nov. 7, 2014 agenda presentation
Oct. 1, 2014 agenda presentation
Aug. 15, 2014 agenda presentation

PIPELINE Program validated pyramids and occupational competency summaries (PDFs)

Related Instruction Inventory

The health care services Related Instruction Inventory can be used by employers to develop a dual-training program (M.S. 136A.246 subd. 3). The inventory includes known education or training programs related to approved dual-training occupations. The inventory also indicates whether or not the program has been mapped to industry specific competencies. Employers are not required to partner with the training providers on this list. An education or training provider that would like to be included on the inventory can follow the Competency Mapping Instructions.

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