Health Services & Bio-medical

Health Services


L.A. County Health Services
& Bio-Medical At A Glance

  • Total employment in Local Health Services: 378,800 (2010)

L.A. County Biomedical Employer Breakdown:

  • Fully one-third of the cluster’s employment is in the manufacturing of medical equipment and supplies, and an additional third is employed in pharmaceuticals and electromedical apparatus manufacturing. Toilet preparations, such as perfume, face creams and sunscreen, accounted for 18%.

With nearly ten million people in Los Angeles County, a few are bound to get sick from time to time. That’s why some 378,800 people work for hospitals, medical equipment makers, and in R&D activities.

Another 172,308 provide ambulatory care in doctors and dentists offices throughout the County. Healthcare isn’t just about treating the ill. It also involves conducting research into finding the causes and developing the cures to solve many of our chronic health problems.

California has been at the forefront of bio-technology since the inception of the field, bringing together the innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship required to launch a whole new sector of our economy. In the third quarter of 2011, over $43.2 million in venture capital was invested in biotech companies in Los Angeles County.

L.A. County is home to some of the nation’s finest research and teaching hospitals including the UCLA Medical Center, USC’s Keck School of Medicine, the City of Hope, Cedars-Sinai Hospital, Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, the Doheny and Stein Eye Institutes and a number of other specialized research facilities, such as the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute.

Approximately 38,000 people are at work, producing pharmaceuticals, medical apparatus, medical equipment and supplies, and conducting research in the life sciences in L.A. County.

Supporting their efforts are a number of organizations in L.A. County like the Southern California Biomedical Council, which provide business assistance, venture capital, and promote the activities of this sector to the world at large.

Bio-med parks, such as L.A. Biomed in Torrance, can be found at Cal State Northridge, West Los Angeles, and clusters of medical research firms are located in Santa Clarita and Pasadena.

L.A. County is home to some of the top bio-technology firms in the world and employs more people in the medical devices field than any other County in the Country.