Combining science and medical technology with the human touch and compassion, the health sciences administer care to millions of people - from newborns to the critically ill. The majority of establishments in this category are doctor's offices, dentists and other health practitioners. Although hospitals only account for one percent of all health care establishments, they employ 35 percent of all workers. Health care workers at all levels of training will continue to be in demand. In fact, seven of the 20 fastest growing occupations are health care related, with the industry expected to produce 3 million new wage and salary jobs between 2006 and 2016 - more than any other industry.
Health Science prepares students for employment and/or continuing education opportunities in health care through technical instruction in the classroom, experiential education in the laboratory, work-based learning opportunities at clinical settings, and leadership and personal skills development by participating in student leadership organizations.
Do you enjoy helping people feel better?
Are you interested in medicine or dentistry?
Do you enjoy school, especially science classes?
Would you enjoy teaching people how to live a healthy lifestyle?
Do you pay attention to small details?
Do you have an excellent memory?
Would you like working in a hospital or other medical facility?
If your answer to two or more of these questions was yes, you might enjoy a career in health science. There are a variety of jobs and careers available in health science, including:
- Industrial Hygienist
- Health Educator
- Medical Records Administrator
- Health Care Administrator
- Radiologic Technologist
Jobs in the Health Science Career Cluster involve planning, managing, and providing diagnostic, therapeutic, supportive, and information and research services in health care.
Healthcare is the largest and fastest-growing industry because of: an aging population; new forms of information technology; the need for multi-skilled workers; the move toward preventative and primary care; the increase in outpatient surgery; a decrease in the number of health-care workers in rural and inner city areas; the increase in retirement of mature workers and movement into other professions.
Our vision: is to provide awareness and exploration experiences that motivate students to pursue a profession in health care.
HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) is the student organization for Health Science Education. HOSA is involved in leadership development, career training, and service projects. The primary focus of HOSA is to increase opportunities in health care careers and enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. HOSA provides students with opportunities to attain the knowledge, skills, and leadership characteristics necessary to succeed in a health care profession. Over $6,000 annually in college scholarships is awarded annually to deserving HOSA members. Members have the opportunity to attend regional, state and national conferences which provide leadership development, problem solving and knowledge integration workshops and activities.