AHEC Career Corner

Whether you are a student planning a career in healthcare or an adult seeking to expand your skills or considering a change in career, there is strong demand for qualified employees in healthcare at many levels.  The Occupational Outlook Handbook, Healthcare Occupations, is a good source of information on different health careers.  For summaries of some of the most popular healthcare occupations: Click on the below links:

For detailed information on healthcare occupations, consult the Occupational Outlook Handbook, Healthcare Occupations, provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The U. S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, reports that there will be an estimated 3.2 million new healthcare jobs between years 2008-2018.  Here is what they say about the healthcare sector:


  • It is one of the largest industries
  • There are more jobs in healthcare than any other job sector
  • Most jobs require less than four years of college

Some of the Fastest Growing Occupations (2008-2018)

  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Physician Assistant
  • Medical & Dental Assistant
  • Aides
  • Techs
  • Medical Scientist

Examples of Health Careers By Education /Training:

High School Diploma and Training/Certification

  • EMTs and Paramedics
  • Home Health Aides
  • Medical Assistant
  • Nursing Aides
  • Personal and Home Care Aides
  • Pharmacy Tech
  • Phlebotomy Tech

Associates Degree (2 years)

  • Clinical Lab Tech
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Medical Records Tech
  • Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Registered Nurse
Four Years or Masters Degree

  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician Assistant
  • Social Worker
  • Epidemiologist
  • Health Educator
  • Dietitian
Doctorate Degree (7plus years)

  • Physician
  • Podiatrist
  • Medical Scientist
  • Optometrist
  • Pharmacist

Types of Healthcare Jobs

Healthcare Practitioner
Chiropractors ; Dentists, Dietitians ; Optometrists; Pharmacists; Anesthesiologists; Family and General Practitioners; Internists; Obstetricians and Gynecologists ; Pediatricians, General ; Psychiatrists ; Surgeons; Physicians and Surgeons; Physician Assistants; Podiatrists; Registered Nurses; Occupational Therapists; Physical Therapists; Radiation Therapists; Recreational Therapists ; Respiratory Therapists ; Speech-Language Pathologists ; Veterinarians ; Audiologists ; Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners .

Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists; Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians; Dental Hygienists; Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians ; Diagnostic Medical  Sonographers; Nuclear Medicine Technologists ; Radiologic Technologists and Technicians;   Emergency Medical  Technicians and Paramedics; Dietetic Technicians; Pharmacy Technicians; Psychiatric Technicians ; Respiratory Therapy Technicians ; Surgical Technologists ; Veterinary Technologists and Technicians; Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses ; Medical Records and Health Information Technicians; Opticians;  Health Technologists and Technicians; Occupational Health and Safety Specialists and Technicians; Athletic Trainers.

Home Health Aides ; Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants; Psychiatric Aides ; Occupational Therapy Assistants; Occupational Therapy Aides ; Physical Therapist Assistants ; Physical Therapist Aides ; Massage Therapists ; Dental Assistants ; Medical Assistants ; Medical Equipment Preparers ; Medical Transcriptionists; Pharmacy Aides; Phlebotomists; Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers.