Health Sciences


Employment of healthcare occupations is projected to grow 15 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 2.4 million new jobs. Healthcare occupations are projected to add more jobs than any other occupational groups. This projected growth is mainly due to an aging population, leading to greater demand for healthcare services. The median annual wage for healthcare practitioners and technical occupations was $68,190 in May 2019, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations in the economy of $39,810.

U.S. Department of Labor: Occupational Outlook Handbook

Career Experience & Exposure Opportunities

  • Athletic Training Club
  • Pre-Vet Club
  • Health Careers Day
  • Medical Explorers
  • Summer volunteer programs at Sentara & Riverside Hospitals
  • Internships and Job Shadows

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WJCC Schools Related Courses

New Horizons Courses

  • Dental Career
  • Medical Assistant
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Physical & Occupational Therapy
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Veterinary Science

Sample Jobs in the Health Sciences Field

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Career TitleMean Annual SalaryEducation Requirements
Nurse Aide/Assistant$29,640High School Diploma/Certification
Dental Hygienist$76,220High School Diploma/Associate’s Degree
Medical Assistant$34,800High School Diploma/Certification
Physical Therapist$89,440Graduate/Professional Degree
Doctor of Medicine$294,000Graduate/Professional Degree
Nurse Practitioner$115,800Graduate/Professional Degree