Healthcare Careers

The population in the U.S. is aging. According to U.S. Census data, by 2030 it’s expected that 1 out every 5 Americans will be 65+. This means there will be greater demand for healthcare services in the coming years. Employment in the healthcare industry is projected to grow by 14% by 2028. Consider a career in healthcare if you want a job in a growing industry that offers advancement and multiple career paths. Healthcare offers several areas of concentration: nursing, allied health, clinical research, behavioral health, and healthcare professional services. Learn about each area within the industry, the types of jobs available, and places of employment.

General Industry Descriptions

  1. Nursing
    Nursing has a with a wide range of specialties and roles that require minimal to advanced education. Nurses prioritize, delegate, and use critical thinking skills to manage a patient's care and collaborate with other healthcare professions.
     
  2. Therapy
    Therapists help patients recover and restore functions of the body that have been lost. Therapists specialize in rehabilitation of different areas of the body.
     
  3. Allied Health
    Allied health includes professions outside of medicine and nursing. Up to 60% of health care jobs are classified as allied health. Roles in allied health fall under health promotion and administration, primary care, and diagnostics.
     
  4. Clinical Research
    Clinical research involves studying humans to improve knowledge and treatment of illnesses and diseases. Overall, clinical research is done to advance medicine and provide better patient care.  
     
  5. Behavioral Health
    Behavioral health is separate from mental health. It’s the connection between physical and mental well-being. Behavioral health includes diet, exercise, emotional, and relational challenges.  
     
  6. Healthcare Professional Services
    Healthcare professional services encompasses the administration of health care services. Accounting, billing, records, insurance, and scheduling all fall under this category.

Types of Roles Within Each Industry

There are numerous roles within each healthcare profession. Below is a list of common job titles within healthcare. Click under each profession to learn more about the job duties, education requirements, and average salaries for each role.

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  • Hospital
    Hospitals provide job stability and a fast-paced work environment. They employ a large number of people and offer a lot of opportunities for career advancement. Common jobs you’ll find in a hospital are registered nurses (RNs), pharmacists, dietitians, respiratory therapists, radiology technicians, medical records clerks, and surgical assistants.
  • Nursing Home
    Nursing homes employ Certified Nurse Nursing Assistants (CNAs), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), physical therapists, RNs, home health aides, and administrative positions. You’ll get to know your patients and their conditions well because they stay long-term. Nursing homes are anything but boring. Pharmacology and advanced cardiac life support skills will help you succeed in this setting.
  • Schools
    Schools hire occupational therapists, speech-language therapists, RNs, social workers, and counselors. A passion for working with children under 18 and lots of patience is required for working in schools.
  • Research Facilities
    Clinical research roles can be found in research facilities. Lab technicians and jobs in healthcare professional services are also employed in research facilities.  You must be detailed oriented and love learning new things to thrive in this environment.
  • Home Health
    Working in home health is very flexible because you can work from anywhere with a lot of autonomy. No two days are alike. People that work in home health find it rewarding to get to know patients and take care of them in their homes. CNAs, LPNs, RNs, therapists, and health administrators can work in home health.
  • Rehabilitation/Psych Facilities
    Therapists and mental health professionals like social workers and physiologists work in rehabilitation and psychiatric facilities. Working in rehabilitation centers and psych facilities can be emotionally taxing because your patients are dealing with serious issues such as addiction and trauma. It can be very purposeful however to prevent death and help patients overcome their illnesses.
  • Government
    The federal, state, and local governments employ a wide range of healthcare roles such as CNAs, LPNs, RNs, healthcare professional services, medical records technicians, and clinical researchers. The government provides stability, great benefits, and a good work-life balance for healthcare professionals.
  • Corrections
    Working in corrections in healthcare is safer than one would think. It can be a tough environment to work in because protocols are strict. Patient confidentiality is especially important. Within corrections, you’ll find a variety of roles: nurse practitioners (NPs), therapists, pharmacists, and behavioral health specialists.  
  • Physician Offices
    CNAs, LPNs, RNs, NPs, healthcare professional service jobs can be found in a physician’s office setting. Working in a physician's office requires good communication and administration skills. You may have to work nights and weekends but typically offices provide a more regular weekday schedule. In a physician's office, you can work with all ages or work within a specialty area.