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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

“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

“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)

“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

“Medical records and health information technicians, commonly referred to as health information technicians, organize and manage health information data.”

Health Services Managers

“Medical and health services managers, also called healthcare executives or healthcare administrators, plan, direct, and coordinate medical and health services.”

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


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Mental Health Counselors

“Mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists help people manage and overcome mental and emotional disorders and problems with their family and relationships.”

Mental Health/Substance Abuse Social Workers

“Mental health and substance abuse social workers assess and treat individuals with mental, emotional, or substance abuse problems.”

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


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