Jobs in health care and wellness are plentiful in Iowa

If you’re in Iowa, it’s probably your career prospects. Healthcare is a big industry here, where nearly 220,000 people are working at 10,000 medical, social services or life science employers, including the more than 71,000 jobs provided by the state’s 188 hospitals. Wages are going up, too, with consistent gains posted every year for more than 10 years. Average pay is now more than 27 percent higher here than it was in 2006.

Iowa also has a few of the nation’s top destinations for healthcare education, such as Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine, and the University of Iowa (U of I) in Iowa’s Cedar Rapids Iowa City Corridor. U of I is home to the Midwest’s third-largest hospital, the largest university-affiliated, FDA-registered pharmaceuticals manufacturing facility and the renowned U of I College of Nursing, which was ranked the fourth-best program for RNs and BSNs in the country in 2017.

Oh, and Pharmacists love us!

Employment in drugs and pharmaceuticals grew 22 percent in Iowa from 2012 to 2014.


Iowa-based UnityPoint Health is the 19th largest nonprofit health care provider in the U.S.

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