Career Profile Overview
- People oriented
- Able to handle pressure
Working in healthcare offers enormous potential for career growth and job stability. As a trained healthcare professional, you will not only benefit from an interesting and fulfilling career, but you'll make a positive difference in the lives of other people.
Though adequate training can require multiple years of education, healthcare workers often earn a good wage. The average entry-level healthcare worker earns between $15 and $50 per hour. The more training and experience you get in your field, the more money you can make, and there are always opportunities for overtime.
Unlike a lot of occupational fields that are currently shrinking, the health care field is growing rapidly. The US Department of Labor expects that between 2006 and 2016 more new wage and salary jobs in healthcare will be available than in any other industry. Almost every corner of the United States has a high demand for healthcare workers in nearly every field.
From treating patients in an office studying cells through a microscope, from working in a private practice in a small town to a medical center in a big city, the range of skills and experiences you can gain in the healthcare field is almost limitless. As a trained healthcare worker, you can choose when, where, and how you work.
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Occupational summary: from O*Net Online: See entry level requirements, wages and labor market forecasts for careers in healthcare.
- Biomedical Engineers
- Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians
- Dental Assistants
- Dental Hygienists
- Dentists, General
- Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
- Dietetic Technicians
- Dietitians and Nutritionists
- Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics
- Family and General Practitioners
- Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors
- Health Educators
- Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary
- Home Health Aides
- Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
- Massage Therapists
- Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians
- Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
- Medical and Health Services Managers
- Medical and Public Health Social Workers
- Medical Appliance Technicians
- Medical Assistants
- Medical Equipment Preparers
- Medical Equipment Repairers
- Medical Records and Health Information Technicians
- Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists
- Medical Secretaries
- Medical Transcriptionists
- Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants
- Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary
- Obstetricians and Gynecologists
- Occupational Therapist Aides
- Occupational Therapist Assistants
- Occupational Therapists
- Opticians, Dispensing
- Orthotists and Prosthetists
- Pediatricians, General
- Personal and Home Care Aides
- Pharmacy Aides
- Pharmacy Technicians
- Physical Therapist Aides
- Physical Therapist Assistants
- Physical Therapists
- Physician Assistants
- Psychiatric Aides
- Psychiatric Technicians
- Radiation Therapists
- Radiologic Technicians
- Radiologic Technologists
- Recreational Therapists
- Registered Nurses
- Respiratory Therapists
- Speech-Language Pathologists
- Surgical Technologists
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