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 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 Nurses SIR Associate degree in nursing. $63,600 4803
Personal and
Home Care Aides
SRE High school diploma plus on-the-job training. $21,470 1523
Home Health
Aides
SRC High school diploma plus on-the-job training. $22,020 2277
Medical Assistants SCR High school diploma plus a medical assisting certificate and on-the-job training. $28,670 978
Pharmacy 
Technicians
CRI High school diploma and some college courses as well as on-the-job training. $27,140 854
Dental
Assistants
SRE High school diploma plus a dental assisting certificate and on-the-job training. $31,870 527
Fitness Trainers
and Aerobics
Instructors
SRE Completion of a vocational training program. $27,490 327
Pharmacists ICR Professional degree in Pharmacy. $98,170 401
Dental
Hygienists
SCR Associate degree in dental hygiene. $58,430 324
Physical
Therapists
SRI Master’s degree in physical therapy. $74,630 341
Mental Health
and Substance
Abuse Social
Workers
SIA Master’s degree in clinical/medical social work. $38,500 464
Rehabilitation 
Counselors
SIA Master’s degree in counseling. $33,400 176
Medical and 
Public Health
Social Workers
SIA Master’s degree in social work. $42,870 357
Mental Health
Counselors
SIA Master’s degree in counseling. $37,740 647

 

Go to PA Work Stats for a listing of all health care occupations that will experience growth. This site will provide educational requirements, a description of the occupation, average annual salary, and expected job growth for each occupation.
To continue to explore health care occupations based on your Interest code, you can go to the Pennsylvania CareerZone. This site will provide you with occupational descriptions, tasks, required education, average annual salary, and in some cases a short video of a day in the life of that occupation.
 

After exploring careers that fit who you are, you are now ready to Create a Plan & Set Goals.