Pursue a Profession in Healthcare
Always dreamed of a career in medicine? Interested in learning more about the wide range of occupations in this growing field? Get started here.
Healthcare jobs are expected to have the fastest employment growth during the next ten years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In fact, Florida will have more than 50,000 job openings for nurses and nursing assistants in the next seven years. Other hot jobs include medical assistants, medical secretaries and health services managers.
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.
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.
The 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 (C)||$21,150||Bioinformatic Technician||$35,750|
|Phlebotomist (C)||$27,720||Mental Health Counselor||$40,643|
|Medical Assistant (C)||$28,740||Substance Abuse Counselor||$43,056|
|Medical Secretary (C)||$29,250||Cytogenetic Technologist||$57,700|
|Clinical Laboratory Technician (A)||$32,680||Medical and Clinical Technologist||$57,700|
|Massage Therapist (C)||$36,370||Registered Nurse||$60,920|
|Optician, Dispensing (A)||$39,150||Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse||$60,290|
|Licensed Practical Nurse (C)||$41,130||Acute Care Nurse||$60,920|
|Cardiovascular Technologist (C)||$45,290||Critical Care Nurse||$60,920|
|Respiratory Therapist (A)||$53,390||Informatics Nurse Specialists||$80,190|
|Physical Therapist Assistant (A)||$59,290||Biomedical Engineer||$91,940|
|Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (C)||$60,530||Physician Assistant||$99,278|
|Dental Hygienist (A)||$64,890||Medical Services Manager||$101,920|
- C indicates a professional or industry certificate.
- A indicates an associate degree, generally an associate in applied science or science.
- Salaries are the median income for the job in Florida.