Norfolk’s advanced and specialized hospitals, medical research facilities, and numerous educational programs make Norfolk an ideal location for healthcare, life science, and biomedical companies. Our numerous hospitals are nationally ranked and treat patients from across the region and beyond. The presence of such institutions results in Norfolk’s labor force including experienced medical and science professionals, exiting military personnel, and graduates of specialized educational programs, all of which create a talented pool of workers for companies in this industry to draw from. Additionally, Norfolk is beginning to establish itself as a competitor in the biotechnology industry with emerging biotech companies and innovative biotech research pursuits at local universities.

Competitive Advantages:

Medical and Research Facilities:

  • Sentara Norfolk General Hospital
    • Level 1 Trauma Center
    • Highly ranked Sentara Heart Hospital
    • Specializations in cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, and nephrology
  • Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS)
    • Over 100 faculty conducting research
    • Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicinepioneered in-vitro fertilization in the U.S.
    • Leroy T. Canoles Jr. Cancer Research Centerhas received recognition for new cancer detection treatment and methods
    • Strelitz Diabetes Center actively searching for a cure for diabetes
    • Joint efforts with Sentara Healthcare to research and advance discoveries in healthcare analytics, population health, and community health disparities via the EVMS Center for Health Analytics and Discovery (CHAD) and the EVMS-Sentara Healthcare Analytics and Delivery Science Institute
    • The National Center for Collaboration in Medical Modeling and Simulation is using modeling and simulation based training to improve patient care and medical education
  • Old Dominion University
    • ODU partnered with EVMS to develop the Frank Reidy Research Center for Bioelectrics
    • The Center for Bioelectrics’ research includes the use of electric fields and plasma in vaccine development, gene delivery, and tumor treatment
  • Hampton University
    • The Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute is the larges facility in the world for proton treatment of cancer

Educational Programs:

  • Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS)
    • Medical Programs: Doctor of Medicine
    • Master’s Programs: Art Therapy and Counseling, Biomedical Sciences Research, Biotechnology, Contemporary Human Anatomy, Healthcare Analytics, Laboratory Animal Science, Pathologists’ Assistant Program, Physician Assistant, Public Health, Surgical Assisting, etc.
  • Old Dominion University (ODU):
    • Bachelor’s degrees: Cytotechnology, Dental Hygiene, Environmental Health, Health Sciences, Health Services Administration, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Nursing
    • Master’s degrees: Biomedical Engineering, Community Health, Dental Hygiene, Nursing
    • Doctorate degrees: Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Sciences, Health Psychology, Health Services Research, Nurse Anesthesia, Physical Therapy
  • Norfolk State University (NSU):
    • Bachelor’s degrees: Nursing, Health Services Management
    • Master’s degrees: Healthcare Administration
    • Doctorate degrees: Clinical Psychology
  • Tidewater Community College (TCC):
    • Associate’s degrees: Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound), Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Health Information Management, Medical Laboratory Technology, Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assisting, Physical Therapy Assisting, Radiography, etc.

Key Employers in the Healthcare, Life Sciences, and Biotechnology in Norfolk

  • Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center
  • Sentara Norfolk General
  • Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters
  • Sentara Heart Hospital
  • Eastern Virginia Medical School
  • Sentara Leigh Hospital

Top Healthcare Occupations in the MSA

Occupation MSA – 2018 Median Annual Wage[1] MSA – 2018 Mean Annual Wage6
Registered Nurses (RN) $65,670 $67,120
Nursing Assistants $26,480 $31,710
Personal Care Aides $19,320 $20,170
Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) $41,600 $41,950
Receptionists and Information Clerks $27,290 $27,720

[1]Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics – Occupational Employment Statistics, “May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates”, https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_47260.htm