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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.

Job Outlook

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.

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.

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. 

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