Exploring Health Care Careers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the health care industry will have the largest growth in jobs compared to all other industries. In the next few years 26% of all new jobs will be created in the health care and social assistance industry. This includes jobs in public and private hospitals, nursing and residential care facilities, individual care, and family services. That equals an estimated 4 million new job opportunities.
Below is a short list of some of the health care occupations that will experience growth in Texas. Using your Interest code from Assess Yourself, you can begin exploring some of these occupations.

Occupation Interest
Code
Education Average annual
salary
Average annual
job openings
Biomedical
Engineer
IR Bachelor's degree $86,500 140
Diagnostic 
Medical 
Sonographer
ISR Associate's degree $64,300 240
Home Health
Aides
SRC High school diploma plus
on-the-job training.
$18,500 5220
Personal Care
Aide
SRC High school diploma plus
on-the-job training.
$17,700 7680
Medical
Secretary
CS High school diploma plus
on-the-job training.
$28,900 3380
Occupational
Therapy
Assistant
SR Associate's degree and on-
the-job training.
$63,700 110
Cardiovascular
Technologist and
Technician
RIS Associate's degree and on-
the-job training.
$51,000 180
Physical 
Therapist
Assistant
SRI Associate's degree and on-
the-job training.
$64,500 250
Health Educators SE Bachelor's degree $46,700 210
Respiratory
Therapist
SIR Associate's degree and
training.
$54,100 570
Radiologic
Technologist
RS Associate's degree and on-
the-job training.
$52,000 790
Emergency
Medical
Technician and
Paramedic
SIR Some college. $29,700 810
Healthcare
Social Worker
SIA Master's degree in social work. $53,400 470
Occupational
Therapist
SIA Master's degree $81,700 410
Medical
Equipment
Repairer
RIC Associate's degree and on-
the-job training.
$39,500 200

For a listing of all health care occupations that will experience growth, go to the Virtual Career Network. This site will provide educational requirements, a description of the occupation, average annual salary, and expected job growth for each occupation.

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