Health Sciences

If you have a passion for helping people and an interest in problem solving, you are a good candidate for the fast-growing healthcare industry. Whether you are one-on-one with patients or working behind the scenes, healthcare is one of the most in-demand fields with plenty of jobs and opportunities.

Career Pathways

Requires on-the-job training, work experience, and/or a high school diploma
Job Average Hourly Rate*
Home Health Aid $11.54
Nursing Assistant $11.91
Personal Care Aid $12.29
Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic $12.75
Medical Assistant $15.27
Healthcare Support Worker $22.65
Clinical Laboratory Technologist & Technician $23.07
Requires two years of education beyond high school or on-the-job experience
Job Average Hourly Rate*
Radiologic Technologist $21.04
Respiratory Therapist $24.81
Requires four or more years of education beyond high school plus work experience
Job Average Hourly Rate*
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioner $40.74
Nurse Practitioner $47.37
Pharmacist $57.06

Training Pathways

Middle and high school career or career academy programs
Training Programs Institution
Allied Health Assisting Crestview High School
Biomedical Sciences Fort Walton Beach High School
Emergency Medical Responder Crestview High School
Certifications, technical programs or two-year degree programs
Training Programs Institution
Dental Assistant Northwest Florida State College
Health Care Management Northwest Florida State College
Health Services Northwest Florida State College
Management and Supervision Northwest Florida State College
Nursing Northwest Florida State College
Practical Nursing Okaloosa Technical College
Radiography Northwest Florida State College
Bachelor's, master's or doctoral programs
Training Programs Institution
Biology University of West Florida
Biomedical Sciences University of West Florida
Chemistry University of West Florida
Clinical Laboratory Sciences University of West Florida
Health Care Administration University of West Florida
Health Promotion & Worksite Wellness University of West Florida
Health Sciences University of West Florida
Health, Leisure & Exercise Science University of West Florida
Nursing Northwest Florida State College
Psychology University of West Florida
Public Health University of West Florida

IMPORTANT: In each potential pathway, the ability to transfer credits from one program level to the next is dependent on a variety of factors. Statewide articulation agreements may assist in these efforts but are not available for all potential career pathways. Ongoing guidance from academic career advisors and supervisors throughout your education and training pathway is recommended.

Note: Entrepreneurial skills are frequently incorporated in different Career Pathways programs to help students prepare to launch and contribute to successful enterprises of all types.

*Salary information source: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Bureau of Labor Market Statistics. The final education and wage rate is the decision of the hiring employer.

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