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Could this be a Career for You?
  • Would you like to work in a fast-growing sector that offers a variety of educational pathways?
  • Do you have a strong interest in and an aptitude for math and science?
  • Can you see yourself working in either patient care, management or on the administrative side of a healthcare business or facility?
  • Are you compassionate, committed and caring? Each are very important qualities in the delivery of safe and effective healthcare.

What You Need to Succeed

  • Critical Thinking
  • Compassion
  • Collaborative Nature
  • Communication Skills
  • Good Judgement
  • Science and Math Aptitude

Pathway Overview

Caring students looking for a reliable career path will want to explore the healthcare opportunities available in the Health Science and Medical Technology fields. Surprisingly, doctors and nurses make up less than 40% of healthcare professionals, while allied (which means other) health professionals make up an estimated 60% of the U.S. healthcare workforce. Because nearly all health professions are experiencing shortages, careers in this Pathway offer promising futures.

Pathways

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Nursing
Nursing
  • Nursing opportunities are expected to grow by 10% over the next five years. There are also significant opportunities for advancement within the field.
  • Nursing can range from clinical practice, community services, surgical specialties, family health to management and advanced practice.
  • Though most nurses work in hospitals, others work in schools, private clinics, forensic departments, as educators and more.
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Allied Health
Allied Health
  • As one of the fastest growing sectors in the U.S., the demand for allied healthcare professionals will increase due to technological advances and our aging population.
  • Some of the fastest growing allied health careers are medical assistant,¬†radiology technician, physician assistant, respiratory therapist and athletic trainer.
  • These programs are often shorter in length than nursing or physician training but can open pathways to many levels of advancement.
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Mortuary Science
Mortuary Science
  • Prepares students for a career that cares for the deceased and comforts the living.
  • Through a variety of courses, students will learn how to direct funeral or mortuary services and schedules. Graduates will be prepared for careers as funeral directors or embalmers.
  • Students learn to be sensitive and responsible for public health, safety and welfare, in caring for human remains.
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Top Jobs and Salaries

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Salaries: What is Your Career Worth?

To help you make important decisions about investing resources in your college education, see how these careers compare:

JobsSalary Ranges
Medical Assistant$25,050 to $52,400
Dental Hygienist$70,010 to $126,020
Registered Nurse$64,430 to $151,200
Physician Assistant$60,830 to $159,630

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College Programs: Health Science

To find programs in this pathway please select your college of interest below.

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Start Today: Get involved and learn more about a new career.

Here are many organizations and activities to explore to learn more:

  • Skills USA
  • Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)
  • Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA)
  • Medical Explorers
  • Wellness Club
  • Health or Science Club
  • Attend a community health fair
  • Become involved with your community wellness center
  • Attend a health science camp
  • Volunteer at a hospital or nursing home
  • Work as a student trainer on a sports team
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