Health Science

Use your love of science to help keep people healthy and treat those who are not! Our region has some of the top medical facilities and hospitals in the nation, including:

  • Hospitals
  • Private Family Clinics
  • Long Term Healthcare Facilities
  • Biomedical Laboratories
  • …and more!

Skills for the Health Science Industry

  • Communication
  • Clinical Skills
  • Listening
  • Multitasking
  • Technology


Explore Different Careers in Health Science

Assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. Administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients. May advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management. Includes: Certified Operating Room Nurse (CNOR), Charge Nurse, Emergency Department RN (Emergency Department Registered Nurse), Oncology RN (Oncology Registered Nurse), Operating Room Registered Nurse (OR RN), and Psychiatric RN (Psychiatric Registered Nurse).


Average Income: $83,300 per year


Education: Bachelor’s Degree and Certification

Take x-rays and CAT scans or administer nonradioactive materials into patient’s bloodstream for diagnostic or research purposes. Includes radiologic technologists and technicians who specialize in other scanning modalities. Includes: Computed Tomography Technologist (CT Tech), Imaging Technologist (Imaging Tech), Mammographer, Radiographer, Radiologic Technologist (RT), Radiology Technician (Radiology Tech), X-Ray Technician (X-Ray Tech), and X-Ray Technologist (X-Ray Tech).


Average Income: $66,900 per year


Education: Associate’s Degree or Vocational Training

Provide or assist with basic care or support under the direction of onsite licensed nursing staff. Perform duties such as monitoring of health status, feeding, bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, or ambulation of patients in a health or nursing facility. May include medication administration and other health-related tasks. Includes: Certified Medication Aide (CMA), Certified Nurse Aide (CNA), Certified Nurses Aide (CNA), Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA), and Nurses’ Aide.


Average Income: $38,000 per year


Education: Vocational Training and Certification

Prepare medications under the direction of a pharmacist. May measure, mix, count out, label, and record amounts and dosages of medications according to prescription orders. Includes: Accredited Pharmacy Technician, Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT), Chemotherapy Pharmacy Technician (Chemo Pharmacy Technician), and Compounding Technician.


Average Income: $39,100 per year


Education: Vocational Training and Certification

Perform complex medical laboratory tests for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. May train or supervise staff. Includes:Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS), Clinical Laboratory Technologist, Histologist Technologist, Medical Laboratory Technologist (Medical Lab Tech), Medical Technologist (MT), and Microbiology Technologist.


Average Income: $54,300 per year


Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Monitor the health status of an individual with disabilities or illness, and address their health-related needs, such as changing bandages, dressing wounds, or administering medication. Provide assistance with routine healthcare tasks or activities of daily living, such as feeding, bathing, toileting, or ambulation. May also help with tasks such as preparing meals, doing light housekeeping, and doing laundry depending on the patient’s abilities. Includes: Caregiver, Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA), Certified Medical Aide (CMA), Certified Nurses Aide (CNA), Home Attendant, Home Care Aide, and Home Health Aide (HHA).


Average Income: $32,100 per year


Education: High School Diploma

Perform administrative and certain clinical duties under the direction of a physician. Administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding information for insurance purposes. Clinical duties may include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood, and administering medications as directed by physician. Includes: Certified Medical Assistant (CMA), Chiropractor Assistant, Clinical Medical Assistant, Doctor’s Assistant, Health Assistant, Ophthalmic Assistant, and Ophthalmological Assistant.


Average Income: $42,600 per year


Education: Vocational Training

Assess injuries and illnesses and administer basic emergency medical care. May transport injured or sick persons to medical facilities. Includes: Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and First Responder.


Average Income: $38,400 per year


Education: Vocational Training and Certification

Perform secretarial duties using specific knowledge of medical terminology and hospital, clinic, or laboratory procedures. Duties may include scheduling appointments, billing patients, and compiling and recording medical charts, reports, and correspondence. Includes: Clinic Office Assistant, Front Desk Receptionist, Medical Office Specialist, Medical Receptionist, Medical Secretary, Physician Office Specialist, Secretary, Unit Clerk, Unit Support Representative, and Ward Clerk.


Average Income: $43,400 per year


Education: High School Diploma or Equivalent

Care for ill, injured, or convalescing patients or persons with disabilities in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, private homes, group homes, and similar institutions. May work under the supervision of a registered nurse. Includes: Charge Nurse, Clinic Licensed Practical Nurse (Clinic LPN), Clinic Nurse, Home Health Licensed Practical Nurse (Home Health LPN), Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN), Office Nurse, and Pediatric LPN (Pediatric Licensed Practical Nurse).


Average Income: $59,100 per year


Education: Vocational Training and/or Associates Degree and Certification

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