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Health care is one of the fastest growing career sectors. The Health Science and Medical Technology Sector requires academic and technical skills, as well as the related knowledge necessary for the field. These careers range from entry level to management, including technical and professional specialties. Workers in this field need the knowledge and ability to contribute to the delivery of safe and effective health care. Nearly half of the careers in this area require professional level preparation. Students commonly need the academic background required for entry into postsecondary education. Specific skill sets needed usually include chemistry, physics, math, and biology plus communication, problem solving and critical thinking skills. Many careers require state certification or credentials.

Career Pathways

Want to search for new answers and develop medical breakthroughs? The Biotechnology Research and Development Pathway includes occupations that use biological science to research and develop applications used to benefit human health.

Careers/Career Areas:

  • Biomedical Chemists
  • Biostatisticians
  • Biotechnology Assistants
  • Biotechnology Technicians
  • Biomedical Technicians
  • Quality Assurance/Control Technicians
  • Biotechnology Scientists
  • Bioinformatics Specialists
  • Clinical Trials Researchers

If you like to help solve medical problems, the Diagnostic Services Pathway may be for you. Analyzing the cause or nature of a person’s condition by creating a picture of their health status at a single point in time is the basis of the work performed in diagnostic services.

Careers/Career Areas:

  • Medical Laboratory Aides
  • Transporters
  • Radiology Technologists
  • Geneticists
  • Biotechnology Scientists
  • Radiologists
  • Medical Laboratory Technicians
  • Cardiology Technologists
  • Biotechnology Engineers
  • Medical Laboratory Assistants
  • Clinical Medical Technologists

Computer utilization is very fascinating to many people. If you think operating a computer as your primary work focus sounds intriguing, the Health Informatics Pathway may be right for you. Health informatics involves distribution of patient health data organized via the computer. As software continues to be developed, the health informatics job opportunities will continue to grow.

Careers/Career Areas:

  • Medical Records Clerks
  • Health Educators
  • Health Unit Coordinators
  • Medical Coders
  • Telehealth Technicians
  • Medical Librarians
  • Medical Record Technicians
  • Medical/Hospital Receptionists
  • Health Services Administrators
  • Hospital/Nursing Home Administrators
  • Medical Transcriptionists

The Support Services Pathway provides an opportunity to work directly or indirectly with patients, their environment, and their material needs.

Careers/Career Areas:

  • Industrial Hygienists
  • Health Educators
  • Central Supply Aides
  • Morticians
  • Environmental Services Assistants
  • Central Supply Technicians
  • Environmental Services Technicians
  • Materials Management Supervisors
  • Environmental Health Specialists
  • Nursing Home Administrators

Want to assist patients in overcoming disease, illness, or injury? Occupations that affect the ongoing treatment and rehabilitation of patients are part of the Therapeutic Services Pathway, which includes an extensive list of entry through professional level career options.

Careers/Career Areas:

  • Physical Therapy Aides
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Medical Assistants
  • Pharmacists
  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physician Assistants
  • Dentists
  • Emergency Medical Technicians
  • Fitness/Aerobics Instructors
  • Registered Physical Therapy Aides
  • Licensed Vocational Nurses/Registered Nurses
  • Pharmacy Technicians
  • Certified Nurses Assistants
  • Respiratory Therapy Aides

Labor Market Information

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Occupation Title Employment Levels in 2006 Projected Employment Level 2016 Projected Job Growth Percent of Job Growth 2008 Hourly ¹Mean Wage 2008 ²Weekly Mean Wage 2008 ³Monthly Mean Wage 2008 Annual Mean Wage
Biochemists & Biophysicists
4,500 5,600 24.4% $45.57 $1,822.80 $7,655.76 $91,869.10
Dental Hygienist
22,400 30,400 35.7% $40.29 $1,611.60 $6,768.72 $81,224.60
Dentists
15,300 17,400 13.7% $68.17 $2,726.80 $11,452.60 $137,431.00
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
3,300 3,900 18.2% $33.63 $1,345.20 $5,649.84 $67,798.10
Health Educators
9,900 12,300 24.2% $23.24 $929.60 $3,904.32 $46,851.80
Health Technologists & Technicians, all other
12,200 14,900 22.1% $21.97 $878.80 $3,690.96 $44,291.50
Librarian, including Medical
11,300 12,800 13.3% $29.96 $1,198.40 $5,033.28 $60,399.40
Licensed Vocational Nurses
57,700 67,800 17.5% $23.17 $926.80 $3,892.56 $46,710.70
Medical & Clinical Lab Technician.
10,500 12,300 17.1% $19.36 $774.40 $3,252.48 $39,029.80
Medical & Clinical Lab Technologist
12,300 14,300 16.3% $33.70 $1,348.00 $5,661.60 $67,939.20
Medical Records & Health Info Techs.
13,700 16,300 19.0% $17.33 $693.20 $2,911.44 $34,937.30
Medical Transcriptionist
7,500 8,300 10.7% $19.62 $784.80 $3,296.16 $39,553.90
Nuclear Medicne Technologist
1,600 1,900 18.8% $38.37 $1,534.80 $6,446.16 $77,353.90
Nursing Aides, Orderlies & Attendants
100,400 122,200 21.7% $13.04 $521.60 $2,190.72 $26,288.60
Occupational Therapists
7,900 10,100 27.8% $38.18 $1,527.20 $6,414.24 $76,970.90
Pharmacists
23,800 30,000 26.1% $55.22 $2,208.80 $9,276.96 $111,324.00
Physical Therapist
14,800 19,200 29.7% $38.92 $1,556.80 $6,538.56 $78,462.70
Physical Therapy Aides
5,100 6,700 31.4% $13.03 $521.20 $2,189.04 $26,268.50
Physicians & Surgeons, All Other
21,900 24,900 13.7% $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Radiologic Technologist & Technicians
15,200 17,700 16.4% $29.13 $1,165.20 $4,893.84 $58,726.10
Registered Nurses
238,400 298,000 25.0% $38.72 $1,548.80 $6,504.96 $78,059.50
Respiratory Therapy Technicians
1,000 1,000 0.0% $26.50 $1,060.00 $4,452.00 $53,424.00
Statistician
2,500 3,000 20.0% $42.19 $1,687.60 $7,087.92 $85,055.00