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If you're considering a career in healthcare, consider the career paths below to learn about the opportunities and educational requirements for each profession.

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Nursing

Nursing professionals provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members. These professionals must have technical skills, critical thinking, and interpersonal skills to develop and coordinate a needs-based plan of care.

Educational Requirements

  • Associate’s Degree
  • Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Nursing (preferred)
  • NYS Licensure Required

Careers

  • Registered Nurse
  • Wound Care Nurse
  • Infection Control Nurse
  • Case Manager
  • Quality and Patient Safety Coordinator
  • Pulmonary Rehab
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Registered Nurse First Assist
  • Clinical Educators
  • Clinical Advisors

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Patient Care Support

Patient Care Support professionals help provide basic care for patients in hospitals and healthcare facilities, while meeting identified needs of patients. Many opportunities exist for a career in Patient Care Support.

Educational Requirements

  • High School Diploma / GED
  • Certifications
  • Associate’s Degree
  • Bachelor’s Degree

Patient Care Support careers require varying levels of education; some positions may require an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree, others may require certifications.

Careers

  • Home Health Aide
  • Personal Care Aide
  • Immediate Treatment Assistant
  • Certified Nurses Assistant
  • Transport Aide
  • Medical Assistant
  • Nurse Assistant

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Therapeutic Services

Therapeutic Service professionals work directly with patients, providing care, treatment counseling, and health education information. These individuals help patients develop, recover, and improve the skills needed for daily living and working. 

Educational Requirements

  • High School Diploma / GED
  • Associate’s Degree
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • NYS Licensure

Careers

  • Physical Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Speech Language Pathologist
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Massage Therapist
  • Rehab Aide
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

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Technicians/Technologists

Technicians and Technologists operate special imaging equipment to create images or conduct tests. The images and test results that diagnostic imaging workers produce help physicians assess and diagnose medical conditions.

Educational Requirements

  • Certification
  • Associate’s Degree
  • Bachelor’s Degree


A national certification exam may be offered depending on the specialty.

Careers

  • Clinical Laboratory Technologist
  • Clinical Laboratory Technician
  • Phlebotomist (Patient Service Technician, Processing Technician, Outreach Service Technician)
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Cardiac Sonographer
  • Ultrasound Sonographer
  • Surgical Technologist
  • Cardiac Surgical Technologist
  • Operating Room Technician
  • Sterile Processing Technician
  • Diet Technician
  • Histotechnician
  • Radiologic Technologist
  • Ultrasound Technologist
  • Nuclear Med Technologist

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Health Information

Health Information professionals organize and manage health information data by ensuring its quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security, in both paper and electronic systems. These professionals display the ability to deal with internal and external customers in a fast paced environment.

Educational Requirements

High School Diploma / GED
Associate’s Degree

Careers 

  • Coder
  • Patient Access Specialist
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Unit Clerk
  • Health Information (Health Information Clerk, Inpatient Coder Analyst, Outpatient Coder Analyst)
  • Medical Transcriptionist
  • Service Representative

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Clinical Professional

Clinical professionals provide treatment of patients and direct patient care. An individual who works in a clinical position regularly sees and assists patients as one of their essential job duties.

Educational Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • NYS Licensure

Careers

  • Dietitician
  • Pharmacy (Clinical Pharmacist, Graduate Pharmacist, Pharmacy Intern, Pharmacy Intern Assistant)
  • Physicians Assistant
  • Social Worker

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Non-Clinical Professional

Non-Clinical professionals do not provide any kind of direct patient care. These positions take on more of the behind-the-scenes or administrative tasks that help with the successful functioning of the healthcare facility. They are responsible for planning, organizing, and implementing processes throughout the organization.

Educational Requirements

Certification
Associate’s Degree
Bachelor’s Degree

A national certification exam may be offered depending on the specialty.

Careers

  • IT (App Programmer Analyst, Help Desk Analyst, Network Analyst, Lead Technical Engineer)
  • Finance (Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, Payment Posting Clerk, Payroll Coordinator)
  • HR (Compensation Analyst, Benefits Coordinator, Talent Acquisition)
  • Engineering
  • Spiritual Care
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Administration
  • Receptionist
  • Planning
  • Marketing
  • Purchasing
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Legal

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Management

Management Professionals provide leadership, mentoring, coaching, strategic planning, and process improvement within the healthcare organization.

Educational Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Master’s Degree

Careers

  • Supervisors
  • Managers
  • Directors
  • Senior Directors
  • Vice Presidents
  • Senior Vice Presidents
  • Physicians
  • Board Members

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