Why Health Careers?

Why Choose a Career in the Health Care Field?
The top 5 reasons to work in health care
What is the difference between a job and a career?
Opportunities in Health Careers
Myths about Health Care Careers
Job Stability, Salary, and Training
Explore the 90 Health Careers in Texas
Opportunities in Health Careers
Healthcare careers offer many diverse opportunities for people with different career goals and ideas about the work they want to do every day.  Lab workerNot all health careers require working directly with patients.  While most health care careers are science-oriented (meaning that your child needs to have strong skills in math and the sciences), there are some careers that are not.  Some health careers focus on the business aspects of health care; some focus on computers and technology development. 

Personality type, skill set, and interests help define the careers that are the best fit for your child.  High school and college is the time to explore several different options to find the career that is right fit.  The table below shows some personality characteristics and sample health careers that might be good options.  Many times your child will be strong in more than one area.  Think about which career opportunities might be good options for you and your child to explore together.

Realistic – likes to work with animals, tools or machines; sees self as practical, mechanical, and realistic.

Investigative– likes to study and solve math or science problems; sees self as precise, scientific, and intellectual.

Artistic – likes to do creative activities and generally avoids highly ordered or repetitive activities; sees self as expressive, original and independent.

likes to do things to help people and is good at teaching, counseling, or giving information; sees self as helpful, friendly, and trustworthy.

Enterprising – likes to lead and persuade people; sees self as energetic, ambitious, and sociable.

Conventional – likes to work with numbers, records, or machines in a set, orderly way; sees self as orderly, and good at following a set plan.

Career Choices:

-Dental assistant
-Biomedical equipment technician
-Veterinary assistant/technician

Career Choices:

-Biomedical engineer
-Forensic scientist
-Research scientist
-Clinical laboratory scientist or technician


Career Choices:

-Dental laboratory technician
-Medical illustrator
-Recreational therapist
-Child life specialist

Career Choices:

-Athletic trainer
-Physical or occupational therapist
-Rehabilitation counselor
-licensed professional counselor
-substance abuse counselor
-marriage and family therapist
-social worker


-Health care administrator
-Community health worker
-Funeral director
-Health educator/promoter


-Certified medical transcriptionist
-Biomedical equipment technician
-health information manager or technician


A health career might be a good fit for you, too.
Just as people change jobs, sometimes people choose to change careers.  Many health careers offer excellent opportunities for people who may want to change their career path.  Because many health careers require only a few weeks to a year or two of education, they are a great option for people who are seeking a change in their work.  Some health careers, like nursing, even have educational programs that build on training that you already have so that it takes even less time to complete a nursing degree.

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