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 many health care occupations that will experience growth in Kentucky. 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
Home Health
Aides
SRE High school diploma and
up to one year of training.
$21,812 161
Veterinary 
Technologists
and Technicians
RIS Some college and
satisfy license requirements.
$26,674 45
Physical 
Therapist Aide
SRI High school diploma and
up to one year of training.
$25,693 23
Physician
Assistant
ISA Some college and
satisfy license requirements.
$82,817 21
Occupational
Therapist Aides
SRA High school diploma and
up to one year of training.
$30,377 7
Veterinarians IRS Professional degree in
veterinary science and
satisfy license requirements.
$95,869 37
Occupational
Health and
Safety Specialist
SER College degree and
satisfy license requirements.
$61,937 33
Physical
Therapist
Assistants
SRA Some college and
satisfy license requirements.
$47,872 61
Dental
Assistants
SRI High school diploma and
up to one year of training.
$31,996 225
Dental
Hygienists
SCR Some college and
satisfy license requirements.
$56,185 70
Physical
Therapists
SRI Professional degree and
satisfy license requirements.
$76,379 75
Occupational
Therapists
SRI College degree and
satisfy license requirements.
$71,243 57
Athletic Trainers SRI College degree and
satisfy license requirements.
$38,174 57
Occupational
Therapist
Assistants
SRA College degree and
satisfy license requirements.
$51,401 10
Psychiatrists IAS Professional degree and
satisfy license requirements.
$180,070 11

To explore more health care occupations that will experience growth, you can go to the Workforce Kentucky Industry Explorer.
The Virtual Career Network is another website that provides detailed information about occupations in the healthcare field. 

After exploring careers that fit who you are, you are now ready to Create a Plan & Set Goals.