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Healthcare Occupations

The healthcare sector is a very rewarding and diverse occupational industry. Below are various occupations that an individual can pursue in the healthcare industry. Most of these occupations require special training beyond a high school diploma or GED® Credentials. To learn more about each of these positions, visit the MedlinePlus website at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ and click on the "Choosing a Career" link that is provided by the American Medical Association.

Allied Health
  • Anesthesia technologist/technician
  • Anesthesiologist assistant
  • Athletic trainer
  • Cardiovascular technologist
  • Electroneurodiagnostic technologist
  • Emergency medical technician-paramedic
  • Exercise science (personal fitness trainer, exercise physiologist, and exercise science professional)
  • Kinesiotherapist
  • Medical assistant
  • Medical illustrator
  • Orthotist and prosthetist
  • Perfusionist
  • Polysonographic technologist
  • Respiratory therapist
  • Surgical assistant
  • Surgical technologist
Complementary and alternative medicine and therapies
  • Chiropractic
  • Massage therapist
Communication sciences
  • Audiologist
  • Speech-language pathologist
Counseling
  • Counselor
  • Genetic counselor
  • Rehabilitation counselor
Dietetics
  • Dietitian/nutritionist
  • Dietetic technician
Dentistry and related fields
  • Dental assistant
  • Dental hygienist
  • Dental laboratory technician
  • Dentist
Expressive/creative arts therapies
  • Art therapist
  • Dance/movement therapist
  • Music therapist
Health information and communication
  • Cancer registrar
  • Health information administrator
  • Health information technician
  • Medical coder
  • Medical librarian
  • Medical transcriptionist
Laboratory science
  • Blood bank technology-specialist
  • Clinical assistant
  • Clinical laboratory scientist/medical technologist
  • Clinical laboratory technician/medical laboratory technician
  • Cytogenetic technologist
  • Cytotechnologist
  • Diagnostic molecular scientist
  • Histotechnician
  • Histotechnologist
  • Pathologists’ assistant
  • Phlebotomist
Medical imaging
  • Diagnostic medical sonographer
  • Magnetic resonance technologist
  • Medical dosimetrist
  • Nuclear medicine technologist
  • Radiation therapist
  • Radiographer
  • Registered radiologist assistant
Nurse
  • Nurses Aide
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Registered Nurse
  • Nurse Practitioner
Pharmacy
  • Pharmacist
  • Pharmacy technician
Physician
  • Doctor of medicine
  • Doctor of osteopathic medicine
Physician assistant

Podiatrist

Psychologist

Therapy and rehabilitation
  • Occupational therapist
  • Occupational therapy assistant
  • Physical therapist
  • Physical therapist assistant
  • Therapeutic recreation specialist
Veterinary medicine
  • Veterinarian
  • Veterinary technologist and technician
Vision-related professions
  • Ophthalmic assistant/technician/technologist
  • Ophthalmic dispensing optician
  • Optometrist
  • Orientation and mobility specialist
  • Orthotist
  • Teacher of the visually impaired
  • Vision rehabilitation therapist
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