Which Health Career Fits You?

The choices are many and varied, so how do you decide which career in healthcare might be right for you? Your options can be divided into categories based on some of your general interests and skills.  Additional information on many of these careers can be found at the Wisconsin AHEC Health Careers Information Center.

  • If you like direct, hands-on work with people you might be suited to one of the rehabilitative specialties. Professionals in these careers work closely with patients one-on-one, as well as with their families and other medical professionals in a variety of settings such as hospitals, clinics, homes, and schools. These careers are considered "diagnostic specialties," so if you enjoy problem-solving this could be the right path for you. Consider the following:
    • Audiologist
    • Certified Athletic Trainer
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Occupational Therapy Assistant
    • Physical Therapy
    • Physical Therapy Assistant
    • Recreational Therapist
    • Rehabilitation Counselor
    • Respiratory Therapy
    • Speech-Language Pathologist
    • Therapeutic Recreation Specialist
  • If you prefer less direct patient contact, but enjoy operating and handling different types of mechanical equipment or have an interest in inventing and designing:
    • Nuclear Medicine Technologist
    • Radiation Therapist
    • Radiological Technologist
    • Sonography
    • Cardiovascular Technologists
    • Electrocardiograph Technician
    • Electroneurodiagnostic Technologist
    • Perfusionist
    • Surgical Technology
    • Nuclear Medicine
    • Cardiac Technology
    • Respiratory Technology
  • Computer skills are vital to many health careers for documentation, systems analysis, billing, and record keeping. Software development for healthcare providers is a need you might fill in your work as a computer specialist. If you possess organizational skills, are business minded, efficient, enjoy working with computers, and like the behind-the-scenes aspects, consider the following:
    • Health Information Administrator
    • Health Information Technology
    • Health Unit Coordinator
    • Medical Coding Specialist
    • Medical Secretary
    • Medical Transcriptionist
    • Health Care Administrator
    • Health Educator
    • Health Care Public Relations
  • If you are self-motivated and able to work alone, you should consider clinical lab sciences such as:
    • Cytotechnologist
    • Histotechnologist
    • Histologic Technician
    • Medical Technologist
    • Medical Laboratory Technician
    • Phlebotomist
  • If your interest lies in communication using computers and you have a flair for art, design, or words then the field of medical communications and illustration may be for you. Desktop publishing, writing, and even video and audio production are utilized in various health care fields.  You might develop pieces that can be used for medical education, policies and procedures, or patient education. Consider the following careers:
    • Health Educator
    • Health Science Librarian
    • Medical Illustrator
    • Medical Photographer
    • Medical Writer