GNO, Inc. Releases Workforce Analysis of the Health Sciences Sector


NEW ORLEANS – Today, Greater New Orleans, Inc. released its State of the Sector report on the health sciences industry in the Greater New Orleans region. This analysis focuses on current and future workforce/job opportunities over the next ten years in the Greater New Orleans region. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana generously provided funding for this report.

“With nearly 30,000 projected job openings by 2026 in Greater New Orleans, the health sciences sector provides enormous opportunity for well-paying employment in our region and growth of the middle class, if we can appropriately train our workforce for these jobs,” said Michael Hecht, President and CEO of Greater New Orleans, Inc. “I want to thank Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana for their support of this project, which will inform educators and workforce training providers across our region, and ensure we are maximizing our health care assets.

“Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is committed to improving the health and lives of Louisianians, and we are proud to work with GNO, Inc. in showcasing highlights of New Orleans’ developing healthcare market,” said I. Steven Udvarhelyi, M.D., Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana president and CEO. “The State of the Sector report lets us share information to strengthen connections with our stakeholders and demonstrate the leadership occurring in this important sector of the local economy.”

Key takeaways from the report include:

  • The health sciences sector employs 77,805 people in the Greater New Orleans region and is projected to grow 17% over the next ten years.
  •  52% of health science jobs require only middle skills and are often overlooked as promising opportunities and viable pathways to the middle class.
  • The health sciences industry in the region is rich with assets ranging from academic institutions, research hospitals, acute care facilities, and start-up incubators.
  • Propelled by an infusion of investment, the health sciences industry has grown by 27% over the past decade, outpacing the national average and surpassing pre-Katrina employment figures.
  • Destination healthcare remains a singular opportunity to help propel further growth in the industry.

With a focus on the health sciences opportunities projected over the next ten years, the report will provide accessible and actionable information that will inform individual choices about education and training programs to pursue and institutional investment in programs projected to be in high-demand moving forward.

The following data points can be found in the report:

  • Distribution of Workers Skill Sets
  •  Top Ten Middle and High Skilled Occupations in Health Sciences
  • Factors for Growth in the Health Sciences
  • Key Health Sciences Assets in the GNO region
  •  Academic Training Institutions in the GNO region
  • A Sample Career Ladder and Career Pathways Map

GNO, Inc.’s State of the Sector analysis provides industry, education, and community partners with an easy to understand snap shot of our region’s key industry sectors. The reports provide clear explanations for the factors driving growth in the sector and aim to answer frequently asked questions related to current and future industry workforce needs in the region.

The research, analysis, and creation of this reportwas funded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana. This is the fourth installment of GNO, Inc.’s State of the Sector Reports. Previous reports include, Energy, Water Management, and Advanced Manufacturing. The current report on health sciences and previous reports can be found online at http://gnoinc.org/stateofthesector/.

About Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana
Founded in New Orleans in 1934,Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is a private, fully taxed mutual company, owned by policyholders—not shareholders. It is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and is governed by a Louisiana Board of Directors.

The company and its subsidiaries provide group and individual health insurance plans, life and disability insurance, group voluntary products and administrative services to Louisiana residents. With headquarters in Baton Rouge and eight district offices around the state, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is committed to improving the lives of its customers by providing them with health guidance and affordable access to quality care.

Learn more on the company’s website at www.bcbsla.com or visit its social media hub to connect via Facebook, Twitter and more.


About Greater New Orleans, Inc.

GNO, Inc. is the regional economic development organization for Southeast Louisiana. The GNO, Inc.’s Mission is to create jobs and wealth in the Greater New Orleans community. The GNO, Inc. Vision is for the Greater New Orleans region to fulfill its potential as one of the best places in the country to grow a company, and raise a family.

More information can be found at www.gnoinc.org.