The Healthcare career family includes direct care practitioners (Doctors, Nurses, Therapists, Dentists, etc.) and allied health professionals. Allied health workers  (Phlebotomists, Technicians, etc.) support the implementation of the health care, treatment and referral plans provided by direct care practitioners. Direct care practitioner roles usually require college and advanced degrees while allied health professionals may be trained in hospitals or college-based programs that take anywhere from a few months to 4 years of education and training. Most healthcare professionals are also certified by the state they work in by passing an examination.  Work locations include hospitals, healthcare centers, specialty offices, and increasingly home-based services. Some healthcare professionals choose to train others, perform research, and lead teams of healthcare workers (administrators). 

Healthcare Careers