Industry Spotlight: Healthcare

Industry Summary

Are you considering a career in health care? The industry has a wide range of potential paths that you can take. You could treat patients in an office, study cells under a microscope, work in a small doctor’s office, or run a hospital. The range of skills and experiences is unlimited. It is currently a very exciting time to pursue a career in healthcare. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field will add more employees than any other occupation in the coming years.

Career growth isn’t the only reason many people work in the healthcare field. It’s also a field that lets you help many people. Healthcare professionals get to make a difference every single time they go to work. It can be a rewarding career path with a sense of personal fulfillment.

The following information is intended to help you navigate through your journey toward a career in healthcare. Learn how to find the right path for you, and the education you’ll need to follow that path.

Video Feature

CoKeisha Van Hook- Patient Care Manager, RN, BSN, OCN at Christian Hospital

This video is provided in partnership with Nine Network’s American Graduate Initiative

Entry-Level Occupations

Entry-level occupations require training beyond a high school diploma but less than a college degree. Training for these roles typically requires a non-degree certificate or credential, associate’s degree, or apprenticeship program. If you are interested in pursuing an IT career in health care, consider the following roles.

Nursing Assistants:

  • Entry Salary: $29,290
  • Median Salary: $45,300
  • Annual Projected Openings in Missouri: 380

Licensed Practical Nurse:

  • Entry Salary: $26,540
  • Median Salary: $45,210
  • Annual Projected Openings in Missouri: 1,760

Medical Assistants:

  • Entry Salary: $26,540
  • Median Salary: $45,210
  • Annual Projected Openings in Missouri: 1,760

Emergency Medical Technicians:

  • Entry Salary: $19,170
  • Median Salary: $26,220
  • Annual Projected Openings in Missouri: 390
There are training programs in the St. Louis Region for all of these roles. 

Training Programs

RYEC ENDORSED PROGRAMS:

Saint Louis Community College

St. Louis Community College offers many high-quality programs that can propel your healthcare career. Click here for a full listing of St. Louis Community College Programs. 

To search all Healthcare training programs listed on Blueprint4Careers,

Next Steps

It’s important to think about your long term plans as you embark on your career in the health care industry. The recommended RYEC endorsed programs are just the first step in your journey. You can further propel your career by obtaining additional credentials and a bachelor’s degree. Below are some roles that you could consider as long term goals.

Next Occupations: (Typically require an bachelor’s degree or higher)

  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Registered Nurse

Top Regional Employers: 

  • BJC Healthcare
  • SSM
  • Mercy Health

Career Ladder

Here is a sample career ladder you can use to help plan your future.

Source: St. Louis Regional Chamber, Talent: The Future of Metro St. Louis in the Knowledge Economy Re

https://www.stlouisgraduates.org/sites/default/files/files/RCGA%20Talent_The%20Future%20of%20Metro%20St%20Louis%20compressed%20PDF.pdf

 

Current High School Students

Are you looking for opportunities to learn about these jobs while in high school? Reach out to a counselor in your school. Also, check out these resources available: 

If you live or attend school in North St. Louis County- click here

If you live or attend school in South St. Louis County- click here

If you live in St. Louis City- click here

If you live in St. Charles County- click here

If you live in Jefferson County- click here

If you live in Collinsville, Illinois- click here

If you live in East St. Louis- click here