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Healthcare Services (Clinical)

CAREER COMMUNITY DESCRIPTION

Welcome to the Healthcare Services (Clinical) Career Community!

If you are someone who wants to heal and care for others, are interested in learning about health and the provision of hands-on medical care, this is the Career Community for you! Members of this community enjoy providing treatment or assisting treatment providers, as well as gathering medical information, forming diagnoses, and curating a treatment plan to address healthcare needs. There is a variety of functional areas within this Community, including patient care, rehabilitation therapy, medical support, as well as promoting health and wellness. As a healthcare provider, you could choose to work in Ambulatory Health Care Services (e.g., Medical Doctor Offices, Family Planning Centers, Mental Health Centers, Medical Centers, Medical Laboratories, Diagnostic Centers), Hospitals, or Nursing and Residential Care centers. If the mission of promoting health and helping others feel better resonates with you, join this Career Community.

Note: There can be overlap in career areas bridging this Career Community and Counseling, Therapy, & Support and Community Services Community. Explore both Communities. 

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Nursing is a highly specialized profession that combines art and science and is rooted in compassion and dedication to healing. Nurses are the glue that holds a patient’s health journey together, with wide ranging responsibilities depending upon the setting and specialty they choose. (Source: https://www.nursingworld.org)

Responsibilities:

  • Perform physical exams and health histories before making critical decisions
  • Provide health promotion, counseling and education
  • Administer medications and other personalized interventions
  • Coordinate care, in collaboration with a wide array of health care professionals                                                                                                           

The outlook for nurses is positive, with employment projected to row 9% by 2030.

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Industry

Registered nurses work in hospitals, physicians’ offices, home healthcare services, and long and short-term nursing care facilities. Others work in outpatient clinics, schools, and corporate medical departments.

Physician Assistants 

Physician Associates (PA) or Physician Assistants represent a rapidly growing field, with projected job growth of 31% through 2028 (Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics).

According to U.S. News & World report, it was listed as the 2nd best healthcare profession in 2022.

PAs may diagnose illnesses, develop and manage treatment plans, prescribe medications in most states, and may serve as a principal healthcare provider in the practice area of their supervising physician. While PAs are trained in the medical model, their training is shorter than that of a medical degree and typically does not involve residency training.

PAs must pass the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) before seeking licensure in the state in which they wish to practice; renewal of certification is usually required every few years and varies by jurisdiction.  

Industry

Overall, PAs can work in hospitals, private offices, correctional facilities, military settings, international humanitarian missions, university hospitals, telemedicine, retail health clinics, research, and the list goes on!   The opportunities are endless for physician assistants, which is why this field is so exciting!

Occupational Therapists

If you’re someone who likes to help people overcome physical challenges, then occupational therapy may be the field for you because it focuses on the treatment of patients recovering from a range of conditions — physical, mental/emotional and/or developmental — which limit their ability to perform daily activities.                                                            

Work may include the development of fine motor skills, improvements in hand-eye coordination, learning/relearning basic activities of daily living, all with the goal of restoring independence and enhancing a patient’s overall quality of life.

OTs are in demand, with expected job growth of 17% by 2030 according to the U.S> Bureau of Labor Statistics. (Source: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/occupational-therapists.htm) 

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Occupational therapists (OTs) evaluate and treat patients in a range of settings; about half work in offices of occupational therapy or in hospitals while others work in schools, nursing homes, and home health services. (Source: https://www.usa.edu/blog/creative-careers-in-ot/)

Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists  

Speech-Language Pathology Assistants 

Speech language pathologists, or speech therapists, work to prevent, assess, diagnose and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive communication and swallowing disorders in children and adults.        

Typically, they engage in the following practices: 

  • Evaluate levels of speech, language, or swallowing difficulty
  • Identify treatment options
  • Create and carry out an individualized treatment plan that addresses specific functional needs
  • Teach children and adults how to make sounds and improve their voices and maintain fluency
  • Help individuals improve vocabulary and sentence structure used in oral and written language
  • Work with children and adults to develop and strengthen the muscles used to swallow
  • Counsel individuals and families on how to cope with communication and swallowing disorders (ASHA ).                                                  

Employment of speech-language pathologists is projected to grow by 29% between 2020 and 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations. (Source: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/speech-language-pathologists.htm) .

Industry

Speech Language Pathologists work in Early intervention and K-12 Schools, health care settings (acute and long-term care), private practice, colleges and universities (Source: https://www.asha.org).

Medical Support

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Rehabilitative Support

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Clinical Public Health

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Pharmaceutical Providers

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Alternative Medicine

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