Exploring Health Care Careers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the health care industry will have the largest growth in jobs compared to all other industries. In the next few years 26% of all new jobs will be created in the health care and social assistance industry. This includes jobs in public and private hospitals, nursing and residential care facilities, individual care, and family services. That equals an estimated 4 million new job opportunities.

Below is a short list of some of the many health care occupations that will experience growth. Using your Interest code from Assess Yourself you can begin exploring some of these occupations.
 

Occupation Interest
Code
Education Average annual
salary
Average annual
job Openings
Registered
Nurse
SIC Associate's degree $70,200 1,250
Personal and 
Home Care Aide
SRC High school diploma plus
home health aide
certificate
$20,012 612
Medical
Secretary
CS Some college $34,727 184
Medical 
Assistant
SCR High school diploma and
on-the-job training
$34,640 181
Dental Assistant CRS High school diploma, and 
training
$40,003 168
Physical 
Therapist
SRC Master's degree and 
licensure
$73,686 99

To continue to explore health care occupations you can go to the Virtual Career Network. This site will provide you with occupational descriptions, tasks, required education, and average annual salary.

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