Health & Human Services

health and human services

The Health & Human Services Pathway consists of programs of study related to the promotion of physical and mental health. If you like to observe, learn, investigate, analyze, evaluate or solve problems related to health issues this may be the path for you. If you like working with others by helping, informing, educating or healing, you may want to consider a career in Health and Human Services.

How do you feel about the following questions? Do you:
  • Like helping others learn new things or acquire information?
  • Get along with a wide variety of people?
  • Enjoy providing service to other people?
  • Enjoy learning about how society works and group interaction?

    Are you interested in:
  • Family relations and child care and development?
  • Medicine and health?
  • Law enforcement?
  • Food services?
  • Teaching?
  • Recreation and entertainment?


    The Health & Human Services occupations are among the fastest growing areas in our economy. The opportunities are varied and offer opportunities at all educational levels.

    Development of strong “people skills” is critical to success in this occupational path. Classes in this path will enhance these interpersonal skills as well as provide a strong background in personal health issues.

    If you answered “yes” to many of the above questions, then a career in Health & Human Services may be your path. Check with a counselor on courses to choose.

Careers in Health and Human Services
Entry Level:
These are examples of careers which usually require on-the-job training or special vocational classes in high school:
  • Home Health Aide
  • Hospital Attendant
  • Educational Assistant
  • Social Service Aide
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Waitress/Waiter
  • Receptionist
  • Secretary
  • Child Care Worker
  • Home Health Aide
  • Postal Worker
Skilled Level:
These are examples of careers which usually require training beyond high school up to two years of study at a community or technical college:
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Medical Assistant
  • Surgical Technician
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Child Care Worker
  • Dental Assistant
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Cosmetologist
  • Firefighter
  • Sign Language Interpreter
  • Veterinary Technician
Professional Level:
These are examples of careers which usually require four or more years of specialized college study:
  • Dentistry Medicine (Human and Veterinary)
  • Chiropractor
  • Teacher
  • Speech Pathology
  • Physical Therapy
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Mental Health Therapist
  • School Counselor
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Interpreter & Translator

See your Guidance Counselor for more information on these and other careers in the Health & Human Services career path.

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