Health

Helping others achieve a healthy lifestyle or improving their health is one of life’s greatest gifts.  Invest in your future by getting the education and training you need to work in the healthcare field. The health sector in CA will hire thousands of trained individuals now and into the foreseeable future. Make a difference in the lives of others by choosing one of the many rewarding careers in the healthcare field, such as Medical Assistant, Dental Assistant/Hygienist, Nurse, Nursing Assistant, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Paramedic/EMT, Pharmacy Tech, Physical Therapy Assistant, Psychiatric Tech, Radiologic Tech, Respiratory Tech, Surgical Tech, and many others.

Career paths & salary info (Median yearly salary)

  • Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians $44,179
  • Dental Hygienists $91,707
  • Medical Secretaries $39,499
  • Pharmacy Technicians $35,381
  • Physical Therapists Assistants $67,725

SAMPLE OF LOCAL EMPLOYERS

  • UC San Diego Health System
  • Rady Children’s Hospital
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Sharp Health System
  • Scripps Health System
  • Mental Health Systems
  • St. Paul Senior Services
  • Seaport Home Health & Hospice
  • AccentCare
  • Family Health Centers of San Diego

Did you know?

  • Health Care is considered “recession-proof” because employment increased during the 2007-2009 recession when most sectors experienced job decline.
  • Health Care occupations are great for individuals interested in learning on the job. Health Care professionals need to regularly develop their technical skills as new research and technology change the field.
  • Job seekers interested in a Health Care career would benefit from interning or volunteering at Health Care facilities.
  • Employers prefer candidates with prior work experience and report that to be the number one reason why they have difficulty in hiring qualified candidates.
  • When selecting a Health Care training program, be sure to research the necessary clinical hours for the profession.
  • Occupations such as Registered Nurses require clinical training hours for students to become fully certified.
Source: San Diego-Imperial Center of Excellence for Labor Market Research & San Diego Workforce Partnership

Programs & Schools

Cuyamaca College

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  • Business Office Technology
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Executive Assistant
  • Business Information Worker
  • Account Clerk
  • Front Office Receptionist
  • Office Assistant Level 1
  • Office Assistant Level 2
  • Office Professional
  • Office Software Specialst 1
  • Office Software Specialist 2
  • Management
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Grossmont College

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  • Cardiovascular Technology
  • Invasive Cardiology
  • Adult Echocardiography
  • Vascular Technology
  • Telemetry/ECG Technician
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Orthopedic Technology
  • Respiratory Therapy
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Imperial Valley College

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  • Medical Assisting
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Nursing RN
  • Nursing VN
  • Pharmacy Technician
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MiraCosta College

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  • Gerontology
  • Personal Fitness Trainer
  • Yoga Instructor (200 Hours)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Holistic Health Practitioner (1,000 Hours)
  • Massage Therapist (500 Hours)
  • Medical Insurance Coding Specialist
  • Medical Office Clinical Professional
  • Medical Office Clinical and Administrative Professional
  • Medical Office Professional
  • Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Home Health Aide
  • Licensed Vocational Nursing
  • Registered Nursing (ADN)
  • Registered Nursing (LVN-to-RN)
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Palomar College

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  • Alcohol and Other Drug Studies
  • Medical Office Specialist
  • Registered Dental Assisting
  • EMT Basic
  • Paramedic Training
  • Adult Fitness and Health
  • Nursing
  • Nursing (LVN-RN)
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San Diego City College

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  • Nursing
  • Community Health Worker
  • Fitness Specialist
  • Gerontology
  • Mental Health Work
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San Diego Continuing Education

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  • Food Preperation for Health Care Professionals
  • Personal Care Assistant/Caregiver
  • Nursing Assistant Training
  • Nurse Assistant Rehabilitive
  • Nurse Assistant Acute Care
  • Behavioral Health Aide
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San Diego Mesa College

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  • Animal Health Technology
  • Dental Assisting
  • Dietetic Service Supervisor/ Dietary Manager
  • Health Information Management
  • Health Information Technology
  • Medical Assisting
  • Phlebotomy
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Radiologic Technology
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San Diego Miramar College

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  • Biology/Allied Health Track
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Exercise and Nutritional Sciences
  • Kinesiology
  • Medical Laboratory Technology
  • Medical Laboratory Technology Technician
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Personal Training
  • Yoga Teacher
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Southwestern College

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  • Central Service Technology
  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Emergency Medical Technology and Paramedic
  • Fitness Specialist Certification - Advanced
  • Fitness Specialist Certification - Basic
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Assistant: Administrative
  • Medical Assistant: Clinical
  • Medical Assisting-Medical Insurance Billing and Coding
  • Medical Interpreter: Basic (English/Spanish)
  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Medical Office Management
  • Medical Office Management - Advanced
  • Nursing
  • Operating Room Nursing
  • Preparation of Allied Health Programs
  • Surgical Technology
  • Vocational Nursing
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student success story

Student Story: Sara Novasky

Since childhood, Sara has been passionate about helping others. This was especially apparent when she became her grandmother’s caregiver. To better provide the help and expertise needed, Sara got career training in occupational therapy. Now, Sara’s grandma is doing better, and Sara is fielding job offers in the health and medical industries. Watch now to hear why Sara is such an advocate for others.

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