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    Career Pathways

    The healthcare field has five general career pathways:

    • Therapeutic Services: Individuals who deal directly with patients, such as doctors, nurses, dentists, and physical therapists.
    • Diagnostic Services: Individuals who perform a wide range of tests, such as clinical and lab technicians.
    • Health Informatics: Individuals who manage hospitals and healthcare facilities or manage patient information and records.
    • Biotechnology Research and Development: Individuals who study diseases to develop treatments and medications to prevent and cure illness. 
    • Support Services: Individuals who focus on creating a comfortable experience for patients, such as dieticians.

    Meta-Major: Health Sciences

    Are you interested in healthcare but not sure what you want to do? Check out the health sciences meta-major at your local state college. A meta-major is a collection of associate degree programs aligned to a general career area, such as health sciences. Because all programs under the meta-major have common courses, you can pursue a relevant course of study before deciding on a specific degree program.

    Education-Career-Income Connection

    While most jobs require some education after high school, many don't require a four-year, bachelors degree. Some require an Associate Degree, a two-year college degree program, or a certificate, a technical program which vary in length but are generally less than two years.

    Training, Certificate or Associate's Degree Bachelor's Degree
    Home Health Aide  $21,150 Bioinformatics Technician $33,750
    Phlebotomist  $27,720 Mental Health Counselor $40,643
    Pharmacist Technician $28,160 Substance Abuse Counselor $43,056
    Medical Assistant  $28,740 Cytogenetic Technologist $57,700
    Medical Secretary  $29,250 Medical and Clinical Technologist $57,700
    Clinical Laboratory Technician  $32,680 Registered Nurse $60,290
    Massage Therapist  $36,370 Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse $60,920
    Optician, Dispensing $39,150 Acute Care Nurse $60,920
    Licensed Practical Nurse  $39,150 Critical Care Nurse $60,920
    Cardiovascular Technologist $45,290 Informatics Nurse Specialist $80,190
    Respiratory Therapist  $53,390 Biomedical Engineer $91,940
    Physical Therapist Assitant  $53,390 Physician Assistant  $99,278
    Diagnostic Medical Sonographer  $60,530 Medical Services Manager $101,920
    Dental Hygienist  $64,890 Pharmacist $116,620


    Resources: MyCareerShines