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Are you interested in becoming a doctor or nurse?

Consider a career in Health Science Technology.

Healthcare has changed dramatically over the last decade. Advancements in technology, research and devolvement, medication, and health prevention have allowed people to live longer, healthier lives.

Additionally, the aging baby boomer generation will live longer over the next 30 years, creating an even higher demand for healthcare workers than currently exists today.

The Health Science Technology career field includes patient care such as nursing and personal caregivers, technical career paths such as radiologists and pharmacy technicians, and behind the scenes career paths like researchers and scientists.

All of these career paths re rewarding in their own ways, adding to the betterment of patients and society, and helping people when they most need it.

Direct Patient Care
dentist

The primary focus of healthcare workers is to directly help their patients, treating them for their injuries or illness, or making them feel more comfortable and living better lives. Physicians and therapists examine their patients, diagnose their symptoms and treat them with medicine, surgery, or advice. Nurses are responsible for assisting their doctor partners, performing medical treatments, monitoring vital signs, or simply making sure their patients are well fed and taken care of.

Jobs In Demand:
  • Certified Nurse Assistant
  • Dentist
  • Home Health Aide
  • Physician
  • Registered Nurse
  • Surgeon
Next Ten Years
  • 9.7% Job Growth
  • 10,060 New Job Openings
  • Source: WORKnet Wisconsin
Annual Salary Range
Annual Salary Range
Experience Level Salary Range
Entry-Level

$73,773

Average

$98,505

Experienced

$113,557

Source: WORKnet Wisconsin
Research & Development
lab technicians

Healthcare, medicine, and medical treatments are constantly changing, due to advancements in technology, science, and research. Workers in this field explore new pharmaceutical drugs and procedures to treat illness, disease, cancer, and disabilities. Usually working behind the scenes in laboratories or research facilities, the work done here makes its way to the general public once proven and approved.

Jobs In Demand:
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Medical Scientist
  • Pathologist
  • Researcher
Next Ten Years
  • 7.4% Job Growth
  • 721 New Job Openings
  • Source: WORKnet Wisconsin
Annual Salary Range
Annual Salary Range
Experience Level Salary Range
Entry-Level

$27,380

Average

$43,690

Experienced

$68,287

Source: WORKnet Wisconsin
Support & Informatics
Pharmacy Technician

Healthcare makes up one-sixth of the US economy, so it's little wonder that the healthcare industry employs millions of support staff. Career pathways include health care and information specialists that manage patient data and records between doctor's offices, hospitals, and insurance companies. Medical assistants and receptionists typically manager paperwork, appointments, and general office work.

Jobs In Demand:
  • Dental Assistant
  • Dietitian
  • Healthcare Administrator
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Billing
  • Medical Receptionist
  • Pharmacy Technician
Next Ten Years
  • 9.1% Job Growth
  • 12,959 New Job Openings
  • Source: WORKnet Wisconsin
Annual Salary Range
Annual Salary Range
Experience Level Salary Range
Entry-Level

$27,371

Average

$37,752

Experienced

$52,566

Source: WORKnet Wisconsin

Pathway Specfic Courses

Course Number Course Name Department Prerequisite Suggested Grade Level(s)
2170 IB Psychology SL/HL Year 1 Social Studies 11
2171 IB Psychology SL/HL Year 2 Social Studies 12
2051 Chemistry Science 10,11,12
2070 Organic Biochemistry Science 11,12
2064 Anatomy and Physiology Science 10,11,12
2082 Human Genetics Science 10,11,12
2066 Microbiology Science 10,11,12
1422 Health Occupations 1 Family and Consumer Sciences 9,10,11,12
1418 Health Occupations 2 Family and Consumer Sciences 9,10,11,12
1462 Medical Terminology Family and Consumer Sciences 10,11,12
1615 Oral/Interpersonal Communication (Language Focus) English 10,11,12
1666 Written Communication (Language Focus) English 10,11,12
1420(S1) / 1423(S2) Work Experience (1 Period) Work-Based Learning/Miscellaneous 11,12
1474(S1) / 1413(S2) Work Experience (2 Periods) Work-Based Learning/Miscellaneous 11,12
1432(S1) / 1414(S2) Work Experience (3 Periods) Work-Based Learning/Miscellaneous 11,12
Youth Apprenticeship Work-Based Learning/Miscellaneous 11,12
1738 Algebra 2 Mathematics 10,11,12
2141 AP Psychology Social Studies 10,11,12
2138 Psychology Social Studies 10,11,12
2142 Psychology of a Serial Killer Social Studies 11,12
2146 Introduction to Sociology Social Studies 11,12