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Careers in Health Care
Why should you consider a career in the health care industry?
Helping people get better is rewarding. Health care workers enjoy providing quality care to patients. They are compassionate health care professionals who enjoy giving back to their community and or region.
Jobs in health care are available in almost every city in the United States. Additionally, those who work in the health care field experience excellent benefits and competitive salaries. The health care industry is generally very supportive of continuing education and professional development.
What types of positions are available?
Many types of positions are available in health care. Some positions such as nurses, medical assistants, social workers, radiation therapists, physical and occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, radiologic technologists, ultrasound technologists, certified nursing assistants, surgical technologists and phlebotomists work directly with patients on a daily basis. Other positions such as lab technicians, pharmacists, and medical coders work behind the scenes and have less direct contact with patients. For a complete listing of opportunities available, please view our current career opportunities section.
What type of education is required?
The educational requirements vary depending on the career you choose. Some careers require a bachelor’s degree, whereas others require an associates degree. Still others require certification or completion of a series of classes that is aligned with a national standard. Most careers in health care offer career ladders or opportunities for advancement. For certain positions acquiring a master’s degree or doctorate is recommended or required in order to advance.
Is a license required?
Most positions in health care that involve direct patient care require a license, registration or certification. The license, registration or certification is usually obtained after passing a state or national test. Some positions that are behind the scenes also require a license, registration or certification. However, this is not true for all positions. To get the most up-to-date information about a specific position, search the job postings and read the requirements that are listed.