Missouri’s commitment to advancing health technology and patient care, combined with its large, turn-key labor pool has helped make it a top destination for health sciences development.
With more than three million highly educated workers, Missouri’s growing and diverse population is a strong point of difference among other Midwest states. In fact, Missouri’s substantial number of skilled employees exceeds the entire populations of 19 states, including Kansas, Arkansas, and Nebraska.
Missouri boasts a workforce with a greater level of educational attainment than the national average, in addition to having 138 post-secondary educational institutions, more than most other Midwestern states. The State of Missouri has several programs at two and four- year public and private not-for-profit colleges and universities that support the Health Sciences and Services target. In addition, Missouri's medical schools provide opportunities, not only for general medicine, but also for specialized areas of medicine and cross-target research areas.
Of the 2.67 million workers in Missouri, more than 408,000 are employed in the Health Sciences and Services industry. Missouri’s health care industry employment has continued to rise over the last two decades and selected health care jobs are some of the state’s fastest-growing occupations. Recently, grants were awarded to colleges and universities across the state to educate more nurses. Missouri continues to grow its highly trained health care workforce to meet the demands of a booming industry. In fact, from 2008-2018, health care occupations in the state are projected to grow by more than 31,700 jobs.
Having a trained workforce and advancing the industry will benefit Missourians directly, as well as support the growth of other related industries.
Missouri's Educated Health Sciences Industry
Missouri has six medical schools, including Washington University in St. Louis, ranked 6th by U.S. News and World Report:
- A.T. Still University
- Kansas City University of Medicine and Bioscience
- Saint Louis University
- University of Missouri-Columbia
- University of Missouri-Kansas City
- Washington University in St. Louis
There are several health care management and nursing programs in the state, including but not limited to, the following: