Ambulatory Health Care Services: NAICS 621

About the Ambulatory Health Care Services subsector

The ambulatory health care services subsector is part of the health care and social assistance sector.

Industries in the Ambulatory Health Care Services subsector provide health care services directly or indirectly to ambulatory patients and do not usually provide inpatient services. Health practitioners in this subsector provide outpatient services, with the facilities and equipment not usually being the most significant part of the production process.

North American Industry Classification System

The ambulatory health care services subsector consists of these industry groups:

  • Offices of Physicians: NAICS 6211
  • Offices of Dentists: NAICS 6212
  • Offices of Other Health Practitioners: NAICS 6213
  • Outpatient Care Centers: NAICS 6214
  • Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories: NAICS 6215
  • Home Health Care Services: NAICS 6216
  • Other Ambulatory Health Care Services: NAICS 6219

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment in ambulatory health care services. These data are obtained from employer or establishment surveys. The following tables present an overview of the industry including the number of jobs, data for occupations common to the industry, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment

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Dec.
2018
Jan.
2019
Feb.
2019
Mar.
2019

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

7,614.6 7,644.9 (p)7,667.0 (p)7,694.0

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

6,567.8 6,538.0 (p)6,571.3  

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2018

Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses

215,310

Medical and health services managers

117,040

Medical assistants

516,030

Medical secretaries

368,590

Note: These employment estimates include employment in both the private-sector and government.

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates, see the National Employment Matrix, which includes employment estimates by industry and occupation for ambulatory health care services.

(Source: Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections)

Earnings and Hours

This section presents data on employee earnings and weekly hours. The latest industry averages of hourly earnings and weekly hours are shown. In addition, recent hourly and annual earnings are shown for occupations commonly found in ambulatory health care services.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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Nov.
2018
Dec.
2018
Jan.
2019
Feb.
2019

Average hourly earnings

$32.69 $32.90 $32.90 (p)$33.14

Average weekly hours

32.0 32.3 31.8 (p)31.8

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

Data series Back
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Nov.
2018
Dec.
2018
Jan.
2019
Feb.
2019

Average hourly earnings

$26.08 $26.20 $26.27 (p)$26.24

Average weekly hours

31.3 31.7 31.1 (p)31.1

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2018
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses

$21.62 $22.22 $44,980 $46,230

Medical and health services managers

$43.31 $50.16 $90,080 $104,340

Medical assistants

$16.10 $16.54 $33,500 $34,390

Medical secretaries

$17.11 $17.73 $35,580 $36,880

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Work-related Fatalities, Injuries, and Illnesses

This section presents data for the industry on the number of workplace fatalities and the rates of workplace injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers in ambulatory health care services. An injury or illness is considered to be work-related if an event or exposure in the work environment either caused or contributed to the resulting condition or significantly aggravated a pre-existing condition.

Data series 2014 2015 2016 2017

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

43 55 59 66

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

Data series 2017

Rate of injury and illness cases per 100 full-time workers

Total recordable cases

2.5

Cases involving days away from work, job restriction, or transfer

0.9

Cases involving days away from work

0.6

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

0.3

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

(Source: Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in ambulatory health care services.

Establishments

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4th quarter
2017
1st quarter
2018
2nd quarter
2018
3rd quarter
2018

Number of establishments

Private industry

595,532 (p)596,751 (p)599,450 (p)603,243

Local government

2,263 (p)2,248 (p)2,249 (p)2,252

State government

1,039 (p)1,072 (p)1,088 (p)1,063

Federal government

504 (p)502 (p)497 (p)496

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

 

Data extracted on: April 12, 2019