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Choose a Career in Healthcare

Explore your healthcare career options. Over the next ten years, the demand for healthcare workers in Illinois is expected to grow, and many of these positions are high paying. Click on the job titles below to learn more about specific career paths, including job descriptions, labor market outlook, education requirements, and local program offerings.


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EMT/Paramedic

Job Description:

“Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics care for the sick or injured in emergency medical settings. People’s lives often depend on their quick reaction and competent care. EMTs and paramedics respond to emergency calls, performing medical services and transporting patients to medical facilities.”

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook


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Nurse

Job Description:

“Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) provide basic nursing care. They work under the direction of registered nurses and doctors.”

“Registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members.”

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook (1, 2)


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Health Information Technicians & Health Services Managers

Job Description:

“Medical records and health information technicians, commonly referred to as health information technicians, organize and manage health information data. They ensure its quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security in both paper and electronic systems. They use various classification systems to code and categorize patient information for insurance reimbursement purposes, for databases and registries, and to maintain patients’ medical and treatment histories.”

“Medical and health services managers, also called healthcare executives or healthcare administrators, plan, direct, and coordinate medical and health services. They might manage an entire facility or specialize in managing a specific clinical area or department, or manage a medical practice for a group of physicians. Medical and health services managers must be able to adapt to changes in healthcare laws, regulations, and technology.”

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook


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Mental Health Counselors & Mental Health/Substance Abuse Social Workers

Job Description:

“Mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists help people manage and overcome mental and emotional disorders and problems with their family and relationships. They listen to clients and ask questions, to help the clients understand their problems and develop strategies to improve their lives.”

“Mental health and substance abuse social workers assess and treat individuals with mental, emotional, or substance abuse problems, including abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and/or other drugs. Activities may include individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, case management, client advocacy, prevention, and education.”

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook (1, 2)


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