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    Preparing For Health Careers

    Healthcare Careers

    There is a growing interest among students in healthcare careers. The UWW departments have already helped many students prepare for entry into professional programs.

    The pages here are designed to help advisors, sudents, and families find pertinent information about healthcare careers. Some faculty at UWW already have prepared pages related to career preparation, and you will find links to those sites. 

    The federal government maintains a comprehensive site through the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) on Healthcare Occupations ( that includes information on over 40 careers, including information on salaries and employment outlook.

    Categories of Careers

    Healthcare occupations are usually divided into categories by role. The list below has examples of occupations that UWW students have entered and also a few other options students might wish to investigate on their own.

    • Diagnosis and Treatment Careers: Chiropractors, Dentists, Optometrists, Physicians, Podiatrists, Veterinarians
    • Associated Careers: Dietitians & Nutritionists, Genetic counselors, Nurse practitioners, Pharmacists, Physician assistants
    • Adjunctive Careers: Technologists, Technicians, Assistants, and Aides
    • Rehabilitation Careers: Occupational therapist, Physical therapist, Respiratory therapist, Speech-language pathologist and audiologist
    • Administrative Careers: Hospital and Geriatric Facility Directors
    • Affiliated Careers: Medical Scientists, Educators, and Information Workers


    The list of careers are occupations that UWW students have successfully pursued, or ones that our students are qualified to enter but perhaps are not aware of.

    Athletic Trainer - Athletic trainers are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.

    Audiologist - An audiologist evaluates, diagnoses, and assists people with hearing disorders.

    Chiropractor - Pain relief through non-invasive manipulation of spine and joints.

    Cytotechnologist - Collection and preparation of tissue samples, microscopic examination of samples for pathological conditions, such as cancer.

    Dentist (DDS) - Care of mouth, including teeth and gums; examine, evaluate, treat, prevent diseases and disorders, perform surgery.

    Dietitians & Nutritionists - Develop and implement food and nutrition programs with individuals or for institutions (schools, hospitals, etc.), provide counseling and education, conduct research.

    Genetic Counselor - Working with individuals and families to understand inherited conditions and deal with the resulting challenges.

    Nurse - Diagnosis and therapy of diseases, preventive health services, order lab tests and x-rays; many NPs will have a specialty.

    Occupational Therapist - Working with people with disabilities to perform daily tasks of life, helping people with injuries be able to return to work.

    Optometrist (OD) - Primary caregivers for eyes: examination and care of people's eyes, including prescription of glasses and contacts, surgery, monitoring eyes for complications due to other medical conditions (diabetes, high blood pressure).

    Pathology Assistant - Assist medical examiner with autopsy, either in hospital (for medical review) or in the morgue(for forensic review); conduct gross examination of specimens.

    Pharmacist (DPH) - Preparing and dispensing prescription medications; compounding individualized or veterinary prescriptions; research and development; long-term care; monitoring compliance.

    Physical Therapist (PT) - Working with patients, using a variety of treatment techniques, to restore function, decrease pain, recover after injury or surgery, and educate.

    Physician (MD) - Care of humans; can be primary care (family practice), internal medicine, pediatrics; can be highly specialized. A physician is typically a doctor of allopathic medicine (MD); the job includes diagnosis and treatment of any human disease, injury, or other condition. A doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) is also a licensed physician; the DO can practice medicine, perform surgery, and prescribe medications.

    Physician Assistant (PA) -  Diagnosis and therapy of diseases, preventive health services, order lab tests and x-rays; working under supervision of MD or DO.

    Podiatrist - Examination, diagnosis, and treatment of health of the foot, ankle, and lower limb.

    Radiation Therapist - Design and conduct actual radiation exposure for cancer treatment; control amount and location; prepare, maintain, and calibrate equipment; prepare and handle radioactive source materials.

    Recreation Therapist - A Recreation Therapist is a professional who plans, directs, and coordinates recreation-based treatment programs for people with disabilities, injuries, or illnesses. Recreation therapists help people recover basic physical and mental abilities; build confidence; reduce depression, stress, and anxiety; and socialize effectively.

    Respiratory Therapist - Treat, manage, and rehabilitate people with diseases of the lungs and cardiovascular system, provide supportive care to patients undergoing surgery.

    Speech Language Pathologist - An audiologist evaluates, diagnoses, and assists people with hearing disorders.

    Veterinarian (DVM) - Treatment and care of animals; may include or focus on routine health, diagnosis, surgery, treatment, behavior.


    Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition,
    Saul Wischnitzer and Edith Wischnitzer, 2011. Top 100 Health-Care Careers: Your Complete Guidebook to Training and Jobs in Allied Health, Nursing, Medicine, and More, 3rd ed. JIST Works, Indianapolis, IN.


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