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Which career is the best fit for you?

You may be interested in healthcare — but not quite sure what specific job or educational path you’d like to pursue. Here are two sites that can help: CareerWise and HealthCarePathway.

CareerWise lets you explore a variety of careers, plan your education — and ultimately find a job! Simply click on any of the 141 careers listed in the “healthcare cluster.” You’ll see a job description, average hourly wage for that job and the education you’ll need to work in that area.

The HealthCarePathway site describes programs available at Minnesota colleges and universities from certification programs to graduate degrees.

Scrubs Camps: One way to explore healthcare careers is to attend a Scrubs Camp. Students who attend Scrubs Camps interact directly with  working professionals in many different healthcare fields. Through field trips, the students are able to tour and experience what it would be like to work in a particular career field.

Nursing Assistant: A Nursing Assistant is an entry level career which can be a stepping stone to many other healthcare careers. If you are looking for a job in healthcare which does not require a college degree, consider becoming a Nursing Assistant. 


Investigate Future Job Prospects

Will there be demand for people with your skills?

Curious which jobs are most likely to be available if you invest time and money in preparing for a career in healthcare?

Use the job seeker tools provided by the Minnesota Employment and Economic Development to see where the career you’re interested in pursuing ranks — and what the job market will be once you finish your certificate or degree program.

Over the next ten years, as the baby boomers enter their senior years, demand for workers in health care-related jobs like registered nurses, pharmacists, dental assistants, personal care aides, and home health aides both nationally and in Minnesota will continue to increase.


New Opportunities in Mental Health

Career Ladder & Programs

HealthForce Minnesota has been working with public and private colleges and universities, employers and state agencies to develop new programs for new types of careers in mental health. You have the opportunity to become some of the earliest workers in these vital new careers — and make a significant difference in peoples lives.


Explore Mental Health Careers Pamphlet
Mental Health Career Ladder Info Sheet
Certified Peer Support Specialist (I & II) Info Sheet
Mental Health Behavioral Aide Info Sheet
Specialty Mental Health Classes

Join HOSA: Where future coworkers are meeting today

A national organization, HOSA-Future Health Professionals is committed to helping students become the future of healthcare.

Join Minnesota HOSA to gain knowledge and professional experience about a wide variety of healthcare professions. You’ll hear guest speakers on a variety of healthcare issues and careers, tour medical facilities, prepare for competitive events — and join in community service projects.

You’ll also have the opportunity to travel to and compete at state and national conventions, making a network of friends and colleagues you may run into throughout your career.

With nearly 66,000 members nationwide and 800 members here in Minnesota, it’s easy to join or start a chapter. Visit MN HOSA for more information.

What if I’m interested in healthcare — but not ready to attend a college or university?

Many satisfying careers in healthcare require little more than a high school diploma/equivalent — or a certificate that can be earned in less than a year.

Here are just a few of the healthcare careers that don’t require a college degree:

  • Ambulance Driver
  • Anesthesia Technician
  • EMT
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Biller & Coder
  • Medical Secretary
  • Medical Transcriptionist
  • Nursing Assistant
  • MRI Technician
  • Personal Trainer
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Ophthalmology Assistant
  • Phlebotomist
  • Psychiatric Technician
  • Radiology Technician