Healthcare Careers

The healthcare industry is the largest employer, with over 14 million employed in the field nationwide. Most of those jobs require less than 4 years of college; but if diagnosing and treating patients is a goal, an advanced degree or certification is often needed. Students earning a healthcare degree can work in a variety of environments, including doctors and dentist’s offices, medical labs, hospitals and in the nursing and residential fields.

Employment Opportunities

Healthcare professionals may work in a variety of fields, including:

  • Hospitals
  • Home health care
  • Ambulatory care (paramedics)
  • Doctor’s and dentist’s offices
  • Outpatient care facilities
  • Medical labs
  • Medical research facilities


Healthcare professionals need a wide range of capabilities, including:

  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to asses medical conditions under pressure
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Emotional stability
  • Compassion for others

Industry Spotlight

Employment opportunities for the healthcare industry continue to outpace all other occupations. In fact, 7 of the top 20 fastest growing jobs are in healthcare. In the next 8 years alone, healthcare will generate over 3 million new jobs.

- Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2008