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


  • 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

Grossmont College

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

Imperial Valley College

  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Fire Technology
  • Firefighter I
  • Medical Assistant
  • Nursing RN
  • Nursing VN

MiraCosta College

  • Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Fitness Nutrition Specialist
  • Gerontology
  • Home Health Aide
  • Introduction to Healthcare and Careers *
  • Licensed Vocational Nursing
  • Medical Insurance and Coding Specialist
  • Medical Office Clinical and Administrative Professional
  • Medical Office Clinical Professional
  • Medical Office Professional
  • Medical Office Specialist
  • Optimal Aging and Older Adulthood
  • Personal Fitness Trainer
  • Registered Nursing (ADN)
  • Registered Nursing (LVN-to-RN)
  • Yoga Instructor (200 Hours)
  • Yoga Instructor (300 Hours)
  • * Designates noncredit classes

Palomar College

  • Adult Fitness and Health
  • Alcohol and Other Drug Studies
  • Community Emergency Response Team *
  • EMT Basic
  • Medical Office Specialist
  • Nursing
  • Nursing (LVN-RN)
  • Paramedic Training
  • Registered Dental Assisting
  • Red Cross Adult First Aid/CPR/AED *
  • * Designates noncredit classes

San Diego City College

  • Fitness Specialist
  • Human Services - Community Health Work
  • Human Services - Gerontology
  • Mental Health Work
  • Nursing
  • Nursing Education - Registered Nurse Generic

SD College of Continuing Education

  • Health Unit Coordinator *
  • Nurse Assistant in Behavioral Health Aide *
  • Nurse Assistant (Acute Care) *
  • Nurse Assistant (Rehabilitative) *
  • Nursing Assistant Training *
  • Personal Care Assistant/Caregiver *
  • * Designates noncredit classes

San Diego Mesa College

  • Aquatics
  • Dental Assisting
  • Dental Office Administration
  • Health and Wellness Coaching
  • Health Information Management
  • Health Information Technology
  • Health Information Technology: Coding Specialist
  • Medical Assisting
  • Neurodiagnostic Technology
  • Nutrition
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Nutrition and Fitness
  • Personal Trainer
  • Phlebotomy Training Program
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Radiologic Technology
  • Veterinary Technology

San Diego Miramar College

  • Biology/Allied Health Track
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Medical Laboratory Technology
  • Medical Laboratory Technology Technician
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Personal Training
  • Yoga Teacher

Southwestern College

  • Central Service Technology
  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Emergency Medical Technology
  • Emergency Medical Technology and Paramedic
  • Fitness Specialist Certification - Advanced
  • Fitness Specialist Certification - Basic
  • Medical Assistant: Administrative
  • Medical Assistant: Clinical
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Assisting-Medical Insurance Billing and Coding
  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Operating Room Nursing
  • Optical Technician I *
  • Optical Technician II *
  • Preparation for Allied Health Programs
  • Surgical Technology
  • Vocational Nursing
  • Yoga Teacher Training - 200 Hours
  • * Designates noncredit classes

Want to know more? Find the college and program that fuels your success.


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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