Explore the Health Science Career
Do you enjoy helping people feel better?
Are you interested in medicine or dentistry?
Do you enjoy school, especially science classes?
Would you enjoy teaching people how to live a healthy lifestyle?
Do you pay attention to small details?
Do you have an excellent memory?
Would you like working in a hospital or other medical facility?
If your answer to two or more of these questions was yes, you might enjoy a
career in health science. There are a variety of jobs and careers available in
health science, including:
- Medical records administrator
- Industrial hygienist
- Health educator
Jobs in the health science career cluster involve planning, managing, and providing
diagnostic, therapeutic, supportive, and information and research services in
Career Pathways in Health Science
A career pathway is an area of concentration within a career cluster. Each
pathway contains a group of careers requiring similar academic and technical skills
as well as similar industry certifications or postsecondary education. The health
science career cluster has five pathways: supportive services, information and
communication services, diagnostic services, therapeutic services, and biotechnology
and pharmaceutical services.
Workers in this pathway are responsible for administration, building and equipment
maintenance, and environmental quality monitoring—all services that are vital
to the provision of health care. Jobs include biomedical equipment technician,
supply technician, industrial hygienist, maintenance worker, housekeeper, and
environmental health specialist.
Information and Communication Services
Workers in this pathway are responsible for managing and organizing health
information, and for making that information available to the appropriate people.
Jobs include admitting clerk, medical records administrator, hospital administrator,
medical transcriptionist, medical coder, medical biller, and health educator.
Jobs in this pathway focus on the diagnosis of illness and disease. Occupations
include radiographer, cytotechnologist, histotechnologist, sonographer, blood
bank technologist, medical technician, phlebotomist, and dosimetrist.
Workers in this pathway provide treatment and therapy for diseases and disorders.
Jobs include EMT/paramedic, physician, physician assistant, nurse, dentist, pharmacist,
physical therapist, chiropractor, optometrist, audiologist, respiratory therapist,
and speech pathologist.
Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Services
Jobs in this pathway focus on research and development of pharmaceuticals and
biotechnology. Occupations in this pathway include pharmaceutical technician,
cytobiologist, biostatistician, microbiologist, and research lab technician.
Click here for a visual representation
of the health science career cluster.
Print and Internet Resources
These Print and Internet Resources offer references for career cluster exploration,
including trade, professional, and business associations, government departments
and agencies, labor unions, and cluster-specific career Web sites.
Health Science Print and Internet Resources
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