Research & Data Thursday, June 18, 2020

3 Things You Might Not Know About the Charlotte Region’s Health Care Sector

The Health Care and Life Sciences sector is the Charlotte Region’s largest employer. More than 163,000 people, 82% of them women, work a wide range of career opportunities for all educational and skill levels – from phlebotomists to physical therapists to Ph.D. researchers in bioinformatics and nutrition science at the University of North Carolina Charlotte or Kannapolis’ North Carolina Research Campus.  

 Here are three surprising things you might not know about the health care sector:

  1. 1. Health Care is the Charlotte Region’s largest employer

The current COVID-19 health crisis has focused attention on the health care workforce.  Many health care workers are putting themselves at risk to support and assist families and communities. Most of the health care workforce is considered essential and worked through the pandemic. 

While the health care industry has been hit hard by layoffs during the COVID-19 crisis, many of those have been temporary as non-emergency health care facilities scaled back operations. Health care remains the largest sector by employment and employment in the sector grew by more than 20 percent between 2010 and 2019.  The region is home to a higher than average concentration of Physician’s Assistants (20% higher than the national average) and Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics (17% higher than the national average). 

  1. 2. Medical and Dental Equipment Manufacturing is a regional competitive advantage

The Charlotte Region’s manufacturing strength extends to the health care sector. Fortune 1000 Dental Supply manufacturer Dentsply Sirona, formed after the merger of Dentsply with German-owned Sirona, moved its headquarters to Charlotte in 2019. Along with Pelton and Crane, the Charlotte Region is home to twice the national average of dental equipment and supplies manufacturing jobs. Advanced polymer companies like Hydromer develop advanced medical devices as well and relocated to the region in 2019.

Employment in the Medical and Dental Equipment Manufacturing sector has increased more than 26 percent since 2010

  1. 3. Biotech and nutrition research and development is growing at the North Carolina Research Campus.

Since 2010, research in biotechnology and life sciences has significantly increased in the region. Employment in Biopharmaceuticals has increased by 141 percent, and jobs in Biotechnology, Engineering and Life Sciences are up 52 percent.The North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis has driven a lot of this growth. The center partners with seven universities in the UNC System, including the University of North Carolina Charlotte to conduct and implement Research and Development initiatives. More than 20 research initiatives and experimentations were conducted in fiscal year 2018 to 2019.

Posted by: Akofa Dossou, Director, Economic Research @ 12:00:00 am


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