HEALTHCARE CAREERS – PATHWAYS TO SUCCESS!

In the Health Science career cluster, you can choose a career that promotes health and wellness or a career that diagnosis and treat injuries and diseases. Some careers involve working directly with people, while others involve research into diseases or collecting and formatting data and information. The healthcare career cluster is organized into five career pathways (learn more).

Within the five career pathways, there are many job choices and career ladders for those with varying levels of education ranging from a high school diploma (or equivalent) to an associate's, bachelor's, master's, or other advanced professional degree. Regardless of where you fall in the spectrum of education or experience, there are career advancement opportunities for new employees entering the healthcare industry and for those who are currently employed and eager to advance to higher skilled jobs.

The twenty-one job occupations outlined in this section are some of the fastest growing and the most "in-demand" jobs in healthcare. They are grouped into three job tracks: Technical & Diagnostic, Direct Patient Care and Administrative Support. These jobs are presented in these groups to show common career pathways in clear sequences of credentials, skills and experience most valued by employers.

We invite you to review these pages, and if you decide that a career in health care may be right for you … then now is the time to choose your pathwe have a job waiting for you!

The information on the following pages has been compiled from various sources, including the Occupational Information Network (O*Net); Labor Market Information; HealthCare Pathway.com; Career Cruising; educational and training institutions sites referenced herein, and CHCSEW employer partner sites. Salary ranges are median averages within Milwaukee and surrounding counties based on LMI. Educational and training institutions listed are those registered with accredited programs within Milwaukee and surrounding counties.

General
Entry Level I
High School Diploma/GED Preferred

Healthcare Career Cluster

  • Biotechnology Research &
    Development
  • Includes occupations involved in bioscience research and development as it applies to human health. Workers may study diseases to discover new treatments or invent medical devices used to directly assist patients or to improve the accuracy of diagnostic tests.
  • Diagnostic Services
  • Includes occupations related to the tests and evaluations that aid in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of diseases, injuries or other physical conditions.
  • Health Informatics
  • Includes occupations involved in all aspects of managing health care agencies, patient data and information, financial information and computer applications related to health care processes and procedures.
  • Support Services
  • Includes occupations that interact with patients or the public to provide a therapeutic environment for the delivery of health care. Includes technical and professional careers.
  • Therapeutic Services
  • Includes occupations that are focused primarily on changing the health status of the patient over time. Healthcare professionals in this pathway work directly with patients; they may provide care, treatment, counseling and health education information.
Within these five career pathways, there are many job choices and career ladders for those with varying levels of education ranging from a high school diploma (or equivalent) to an associate's, bachelor's, master’s, or other advanced professional degree. Regardless of where you fall in the spectrum of education or experience, there are career advancement opportunities for new employees entering the healthcare industry and for those who are currently employed and eager to advance to higher skilled jobs.
Diagnostic and Support
Entry Level II
High School Diploma/GED Required and Certified Training Preferred

Healthcare Career Cluster

  • Biotechnology Research &
    Development
  • Includes occupations involved in bioscience research and development as it applies to human health. Workers may study diseases to discover new treatments or invent medical devices used to directly assist patients or to improve the accuracy of diagnostic tests.
  • Diagnostic Services
  • Includes occupations related to the tests and evaluations that aid in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of diseases, injuries or other physical conditions.
  • Health Informatics
  • Includes occupations involved in all aspects of managing health care agencies, patient data and information, financial information and computer applications related to health care processes and procedures.
  • Support Services
  • Includes occupations that interact with patients or the public to provide a therapeutic environment for the delivery of health care. Includes technical and professional careers.
  • Therapeutic Services
  • Includes occupations that are focused primarily on changing the health status of the patient over time. Healthcare professionals in this pathway work directly with patients; they may provide care, treatment, counseling and health education information.
Within these five career pathways, there are many job choices and career ladders for those with varying levels of education ranging from a high school diploma (or equivalent) to an associate's, bachelor's, master’s, or other advanced professional degree. Regardless of where you fall in the spectrum of education or experience, there are career advancement opportunities for new employees entering the healthcare industry and for those who are currently employed and eager to advance to higher skilled jobs.
Mid Level
Associate Degree or Certificate Required

Healthcare Career Cluster

  • Biotechnology Research &
    Development
  • Includes occupations involved in bioscience research and development as it applies to human health. Workers may study diseases to discover new treatments or invent medical devices used to directly assist patients or to improve the accuracy of diagnostic tests.
  • Diagnostic Services
  • Includes occupations related to the tests and evaluations that aid in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of diseases, injuries or other physical conditions.
  • Health Informatics
  • Includes occupations involved in all aspects of managing health care agencies, patient data and information, financial information and computer applications related to health care processes and procedures.
  • Support Services
  • Includes occupations that interact with patients or the public to provide a therapeutic environment for the delivery of health care. Includes technical and professional careers.
  • Therapeutic Services
  • Includes occupations that are focused primarily on changing the health status of the patient over time. Healthcare professionals in this pathway work directly with patients; they may provide care, treatment, counseling and health education information.
Within these five career pathways, there are many job choices and career ladders for those with varying levels of education ranging from a high school diploma (or equivalent) to an associate's, bachelor's, master’s, or other advanced professional degree. Regardless of where you fall in the spectrum of education or experience, there are career advancement opportunities for new employees entering the healthcare industry and for those who are currently employed and eager to advance to higher skilled jobs.
High Skill
Associate Degree Required, Bachelor Degree Preferred

Healthcare Career Cluster

  • Biotechnology Research &
    Development
  • Includes occupations involved in bioscience research and development as it applies to human health. Workers may study diseases to discover new treatments or invent medical devices used to directly assist patients or to improve the accuracy of diagnostic tests.
  • Diagnostic Services
  • Includes occupations related to the tests and evaluations that aid in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of diseases, injuries or other physical conditions.
  • Health Informatics
  • Includes occupations involved in all aspects of managing health care agencies, patient data and information, financial information and computer applications related to health care processes and procedures.
  • Support Services
  • Includes occupations that interact with patients or the public to provide a therapeutic environment for the delivery of health care. Includes technical and professional careers.
  • Therapeutic Services
  • Includes occupations that are focused primarily on changing the health status of the patient over time. Healthcare professionals in this pathway work directly with patients; they may provide care, treatment, counseling and health education information.
Within these five career pathways, there are many job choices and career ladders for those with varying levels of education ranging from a high school diploma (or equivalent) to an associate's, bachelor's, master’s, or other advanced professional degree. Regardless of where you fall in the spectrum of education or experience, there are career advancement opportunities for new employees entering the healthcare industry and for those who are currently employed and eager to advance to higher skilled jobs.
Direct Patient Care
Entry Level II
High School Diploma/GED Required and Certified Training Preferred

Healthcare Career Cluster

  • Biotechnology Research &
    Development
  • Includes occupations involved in bioscience research and development as it applies to human health. Workers may study diseases to discover new treatments or invent medical devices used to directly assist patients or to improve the accuracy of diagnostic tests.
  • Diagnostic Services
  • Includes occupations related to the tests and evaluations that aid in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of diseases, injuries or other physical conditions.
  • Health Informatics
  • Includes occupations involved in all aspects of managing health care agencies, patient data and information, financial information and computer applications related to health care processes and procedures.
  • Support Services
  • Includes occupations that interact with patients or the public to provide a therapeutic environment for the delivery of health care. Includes technical and professional careers.
  • Therapeutic Services
  • Includes occupations that are focused primarily on changing the health status of the patient over time. Healthcare professionals in this pathway work directly with patients; they may provide care, treatment, counseling and health education information.
Within these five career pathways, there are many job choices and career ladders for those with varying levels of education ranging from a high school diploma (or equivalent) to an associate's, bachelor's, master’s, or other advanced professional degree. Regardless of where you fall in the spectrum of education or experience, there are career advancement opportunities for new employees entering the healthcare industry and for those who are currently employed and eager to advance to higher skilled jobs.
Mid Level
Technical or Associate Degree Required
+ Certificate

Healthcare Career Cluster

  • Biotechnology Research &
    Development
  • Includes occupations involved in bioscience research and development as it applies to human health. Workers may study diseases to discover new treatments or invent medical devices used to directly assist patients or to improve the accuracy of diagnostic tests.
  • Diagnostic Services
  • Includes occupations related to the tests and evaluations that aid in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of diseases, injuries or other physical conditions.
  • Health Informatics
  • Includes occupations involved in all aspects of managing health care agencies, patient data and information, financial information and computer applications related to health care processes and procedures.
  • Support Services
  • Includes occupations that interact with patients or the public to provide a therapeutic environment for the delivery of health care. Includes technical and professional careers.
  • Therapeutic Services
  • Includes occupations that are focused primarily on changing the health status of the patient over time. Healthcare professionals in this pathway work directly with patients; they may provide care, treatment, counseling and health education information.
Within these five career pathways, there are many job choices and career ladders for those with varying levels of education ranging from a high school diploma (or equivalent) to an associate's, bachelor's, master’s, or other advanced professional degree. Regardless of where you fall in the spectrum of education or experience, there are career advancement opportunities for new employees entering the healthcare industry and for those who are currently employed and eager to advance to higher skilled jobs.
High Skill Level
Associate Degree Required, Bachelor Degree Preferred

Healthcare Career Cluster

  • Biotechnology Research &
    Development
  • Includes occupations involved in bioscience research and development as it applies to human health. Workers may study diseases to discover new treatments or invent medical devices used to directly assist patients or to improve the accuracy of diagnostic tests.
  • Diagnostic Services
  • Includes occupations related to the tests and evaluations that aid in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of diseases, injuries or other physical conditions.
  • Health Informatics
  • Includes occupations involved in all aspects of managing health care agencies, patient data and information, financial information and computer applications related to health care processes and procedures.
  • Support Services
  • Includes occupations that interact with patients or the public to provide a therapeutic environment for the delivery of health care. Includes technical and professional careers.
  • Therapeutic Services
  • Includes occupations that are focused primarily on changing the health status of the patient over time. Healthcare professionals in this pathway work directly with patients; they may provide care, treatment, counseling and health education information.
Within these five career pathways, there are many job choices and career ladders for those with varying levels of education ranging from a high school diploma (or equivalent) to an associate's, bachelor's, master’s, or other advanced professional degree. Regardless of where you fall in the spectrum of education or experience, there are career advancement opportunities for new employees entering the healthcare industry and for those who are currently employed and eager to advance to higher skilled jobs.
Administrative Support
Entry Level II
High School Diploma/GED Required and Certified Training Preferred

Healthcare Career Cluster

  • Biotechnology Research &
    Development
  • Includes occupations involved in bioscience research and development as it applies to human health. Workers may study diseases to discover new treatments or invent medical devices used to directly assist patients or to improve the accuracy of diagnostic tests.
  • Diagnostic Services
  • Includes occupations related to the tests and evaluations that aid in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of diseases, injuries or other physical conditions.
  • Health Informatics
  • Includes occupations involved in all aspects of managing health care agencies, patient data and information, financial information and computer applications related to health care processes and procedures.
  • Support Services
  • Includes occupations that interact with patients or the public to provide a therapeutic environment for the delivery of health care. Includes technical and professional careers.
  • Therapeutic Services
  • Includes occupations that are focused primarily on changing the health status of the patient over time. Healthcare professionals in this pathway work directly with patients; they may provide care, treatment, counseling and health education information.
Within these five career pathways, there are many job choices and career ladders for those with varying levels of education ranging from a high school diploma (or equivalent) to an associate's, bachelor's, master’s, or other advanced professional degree. Regardless of where you fall in the spectrum of education or experience, there are career advancement opportunities for new employees entering the healthcare industry and for those who are currently employed and eager to advance to higher skilled jobs.
Mid Level
Technical or Associate Degree Required
+ Certificate

Healthcare Career Cluster

  • Biotechnology Research &
    Development
  • Includes occupations involved in bioscience research and development as it applies to human health. Workers may study diseases to discover new treatments or invent medical devices used to directly assist patients or to improve the accuracy of diagnostic tests.
  • Diagnostic Services
  • Includes occupations related to the tests and evaluations that aid in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of diseases, injuries or other physical conditions.
  • Health Informatics
  • Includes occupations involved in all aspects of managing health care agencies, patient data and information, financial information and computer applications related to health care processes and procedures.
  • Support Services
  • Includes occupations that interact with patients or the public to provide a therapeutic environment for the delivery of health care. Includes technical and professional careers.
  • Therapeutic Services
  • Includes occupations that are focused primarily on changing the health status of the patient over time. Healthcare professionals in this pathway work directly with patients; they may provide care, treatment, counseling and health education information.
Within these five career pathways, there are many job choices and career ladders for those with varying levels of education ranging from a high school diploma (or equivalent) to an associate's, bachelor's, master’s, or other advanced professional degree. Regardless of where you fall in the spectrum of education or experience, there are career advancement opportunities for new employees entering the healthcare industry and for those who are currently employed and eager to advance to higher skilled jobs.
High Skill Level
Bachelor Degree Required, Master Degree Preferred

Healthcare Career Cluster

  • Biotechnology Research &
    Development
  • Includes occupations involved in bioscience research and development as it applies to human health. Workers may study diseases to discover new treatments or invent medical devices used to directly assist patients or to improve the accuracy of diagnostic tests.
  • Diagnostic Services
  • Includes occupations related to the tests and evaluations that aid in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of diseases, injuries or other physical conditions.
  • Health Informatics
  • Includes occupations involved in all aspects of managing health care agencies, patient data and information, financial information and computer applications related to health care processes and procedures.
  • Support Services
  • Includes occupations that interact with patients or the public to provide a therapeutic environment for the delivery of health care. Includes technical and professional careers.
  • Therapeutic Services
  • Includes occupations that are focused primarily on changing the health status of the patient over time. Healthcare professionals in this pathway work directly with patients; they may provide care, treatment, counseling and health education information.
Within these five career pathways, there are many job choices and career ladders for those with varying levels of education ranging from a high school diploma (or equivalent) to an associate's, bachelor's, master’s, or other advanced professional degree. Regardless of where you fall in the spectrum of education or experience, there are career advancement opportunities for new employees entering the healthcare industry and for those who are currently employed and eager to advance to higher skilled jobs.