Health Science & Medical Technology

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    Health Science and Medical Technology continue to be one of the fastest-growing industry sectors in California, offering numerous opportunities and benefits. Of the more than 300 careers within this sector, about 41 percent require professional-level preparation; about 33 percent, technical-level preparation; and 26 percent, assistant level preparation. The Health Science and Medical Technology pathways and careers offer options to match a variety of the aptitudes, interests, abilities, and academic achievement of students. Wages and salaries are projected to increase by 27 percent through 2014, and employment is expected to account for about 3.6 million new jobs—19 percent of all jobs to be added to the economy by 2014.

    The career pathways are grouped in functions that have a common purpose and similar attributes: Biotechnology Research and Development, Diagnostic Services, Health Informatics, Support Services, and Therapeutic Services. Standards for each career path build on and continue the Health Science and Medical Technology foundation standards, providing more complexity, rigor, and career specificity. And each career pathway includes standards needed for all careers within that pathway.

     


     

    ENTRY LEVEL CAREERS
    (with high school diploma)
    Physical Therapy Assistant
    Respiratory Care Practitioner
    Optometric Assistant
    Medical Assistant
    Medical Office Secretary
    Home Health Aide
    Laboratory Assistant
    Pharmacy Aide
    Dental Assistant
    Medical Equipment Preparers
    Personal and Home Care Aide
    Psychiatric Aides
    Veterinary Assistants
    Laboratory Animal Caretakers
    Biotechnology Assistant
    Central Supply Aide
    Geriatric Assistant
    TECHNICAL LEVEL CAREERS
    (with AA or AS degree or certificate)
    Certified Nursing Assistant - CNA
    Pharmacy Technician
    Registered Nurses (2 yr)
    Paramedic
    Operating Room Technician
    Medical Records Technician
    Emergency Medical Technician - EMT
    Licensed Vocational Nurse - LVN
    Radiology Technologist
    Dental Lab Technician
    Respiratory Therapists
    Cardiovascular Technologists
    Dental Hygienist
    Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
    Biomedical Technician
    Environmental Services Technician
    Gerontologist
    PROFESSIONAL LEVEL CAREERS
    (with BA or BS degree)
    Surgeons
    Speech-Language Pathologists
    Registered Nurses (4 yr)
    Pharmacists
    Physicians
    Orthodontists
    Nurse Practitioner
    Anesthesiologists
    Athletic Trainers
    Dietitians and Nutritionists
    Clinical Trials Researcher
    Biomedical Chemist
    Geneticist
    Health Services Administrator
    Industrial Hygienist
    Materials Management Supervisor
    Medical/Public Health Social Workers