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 Care Aide $10.56
Medical Secretary $14.56
Requires two years of education beyond high school or on-the-job experience
Job Average Hourly Rate*
Home Health Aide $10.48
Nursing Assistant $12.64
Heathcare Support Worker $14.01
Phlebotomist $14.35
Heathcare Technologist and Technician $14.53
Pharmacy Technician $16.41
Licensed Practical Nurse and Licensed Vocational Nurse $17.81
Clinical Laboratory Technologist and Technician $23.65
Physical Therapist Assistant $24.44
Requires four or more years of education beyond high school plus work experience
Job Average Hourly Rate*
Registered Nurse $26.81
Physical Therapist $46.98
Pharmacist $51.89

Training Pathways

Middle and high school career or career academy programs
Training Programs Institution
Nursing Assistant (Acute and Long Term Care) South Walton High School
Certifications, technical programs or two-year degree programs
Training Programs Institution
Dental Assistant Northwest Florida State College
Health Services Northwest Florida State College
IV Therapy Emerald Coast Technical College
Medical Coder/Billing Northwest Florida State College
Nursing Northwest Florida State College
Patient Care Technician Emerald Coast Technical College
Pharmacy Technician Emerald Coast Technical College
Phlebotomy Emerald Coast Technical College
Practical Nursing Emerald Coast Technical College
Radiography Northwest Florida State College
Bachelor's, master's or doctoral programs
Training Programs Institution
College of Health University of West Florida
Nursing 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.

For more information about career and technical education in Walton County middle and high schools, please visit Walton County Career and Technical Education.

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