- Why Choose a Career in Health Care?
- Which career is right for me?
- What does the future look like for Health Careers?
- How do I get started?
- How do I prepare for professional training programs?
- Why is volunteering important?
- What are the options for paying for training?
- What about the military?
- Texas Needs Health Care Professionals
- Find out the Top 5 Reasons to Work in Health Care
Which career is right for me?
Health care careers offer many diverse opportunities for people with different career goals and with different ideas about the work they want to do every day. Not all health careers require that you work directly with patients. While most health care careers are science-oriented (meaning that you need to have strong skills in math and 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 as well as management. There are some professions that focus on social services or helping people access various health care and community services to meet their needs.
Your personality type, skill set, and interests help you define the careers that are the best fit for you. High school and college is the time for you to explore several different options to find the career that is right for you.
The H.O.T. Jobs website has a Career Interest Inventory that you can take to help you learn more about yourself and which health care careers may be the best fit for you. The H.O.T Jobs Career Interest Inventory uses six personality types: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional. Listed below is some basic information about each of the six personality types, as well as a few health careers from each category. There are many more health career opportunities for each category, which you can learn more about from the H.O.T. Jobs website.
Realistic – likes to work with animals, tools or machines; sees self as practical, mechanical, and realistic.
• Dental assistant
• Biomedical equipment technician
• Clinical laboratory scientist
Investigative – likes to study and solve math or science problems; sees self as precise, scientific, and intellectual.
• Biomedical engineer
• Forensic scientist
• Research scientist
Artistic – likes to do creative activities and generally avoids highly ordered or repetitive activities; sees self as expressive, original and independent.
• Dental laboratory technician
• Medical illustrator
• Recreational therapist
Social – likes to do things to help people and is good at teaching, counseling, or giving information; sees self as helpful, friendly, and trustworthy.
• Athletic trainer
• Medical translator
• Rehabilitation counselor
Enterprising – likes to lead and persuade people; sees self as energetic, ambitious, and sociable.
• Hospital administrator
• Community health worker
• Funeral director
• Health educator/promoter
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.
• Certified medical transcriptionist
• Health information technician
Many people find that they are a combination of personality types; they are not just one set personality type—meaning they are strong in a couple of different types. This is a good thing because that means that you are able to adapt to the different situations you are in.
For each of the personality types, there are several health career options. To complete this activity and learn more about the health career options within each personality type, go to www.texashotjobs.org.