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Health careers
Health Careers

  • Kevin Widrick

  • Career Services Coordinator

  • Howard Sackett Technical Center


  • 315-377-7306

Health services overview
Health Services Overview

  • People working in this field provide health care and support services to address the physical, mental and emotional needs of their clients.

  • They apply scientific, technical, social and interpersonal skills to diagnose and treat illnesses, document care, provide a therapeutic environment and maintain the health of their clients.

Health services overview1
Health Services Overview

  • Although this line of work probably interests you because of its humanitarian and service aspects, the industry as a whole- hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, etc.- is all business.

  • The United States spends more than a trillion dollars per year on health care.

Health services trends
Health Services Trends

  • Runaway Costs- malpractice insurance premiums, soaring prescription drug prices, the increase in the number of uninsured Americans, and rising salaries drive the cost of health care services higher each year.

  • Consolidation of health insurers- insurance companies continue to merge and consolidate.

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Health Services Trends

  • Hospitals- despite outsourcing, hospitals remain the largest employers in the health care industry.

  • Specialty Providers- as hospitals attempt to cut costs, they are turning to firms that can provide specialized services at cheaper prices.

Careers in health services
Careers in Health Services

  • Registered Nurse Family Practice MD

  • Licensed Practical Nurse Orthopedic surgeon

  • Certified Nursing Assistant Optometrist

  • Home Health Aide Pharmacist

  • X-ray Technologist Phlebotomist

  • CAT scan Technologist Human Resource Ass.

  • Radiologist Technologist Comptroller

  • EKG Technician Social Worker

  • Physical Therapist Dietician

  • Occupational Therapist Chief Executive Officer

Health services career tracks
Health Services Career Tracks

  • Dental Hygienists- clean teeth and examine oral areas, head, and neck for signs of oral disease. May educate patients on oral hygiene, take and develop X-rays, or apply fluoride or sealants.

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Health Services Career Tracks

  • Licensed Practical Nurse- Care for ill, injured convalescent, or disabled persons in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, private homes, group homes, physicians’ offices, and similar institutions. May work under the supervision of a registered nurse. Licensing required.

Health services career tracks2
Health Services Career Tracks

  • Dieticians- Plan and conduct food service or nutritional programs to assist in the promotion of health and control of disease. May supervise activities of a department providing quantity food services, counsel individuals, or conduct nutritional research.

Health services career tracks3
Health Services Career Tracks

  • Occupational Therapist Assistant- Assist occupational therapists in providing occupational therapy treatments and procedures. May, in accordance with State laws, assist in development of treatment plans, carry out routine functions, direct activity programs, and document the progress of treatments. Generally requires formal training.

Health services career tracks4
Health Services Career Tracks

  • Nuclear Medicine Technologists- Prepare, administer, and measure radioactive isotopes in therapeutic, diagnostic, and tracer studies utilizing a variety of radioisotope equipment. Prepare stock solutions of radioisotope materials and calculate doses to be administered by radiologists. Subject patients to radiation.

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Health Services Career Tracks

  • Optometrists- Diagnose, mange, and treat conditions and diseases of the human eye and visual system. Examine eyes and visual system, diagnose problems or impairments, prescribe corrective lenses, and provide treatment. May prescribe therapeutic drugs to treat specific eye conditions.

Health services compensation
Health Services Compensation

  • Below are average salary ranges for a sampling of health care professions:

  • Registered Nurse: $30,000 to $65,000

  • Dietician: $25,000 to $55,000

  • Occupational therapist: $30,000 to $70,000

  • Physical therapist: $40,000 to 85,000

  • Family practice MD: $110,000 to $200,000

  • Orthopedic surgeon: $60,000 to $110,000

Health services compensation continued
Health Services Compensation continued

  • Orthopedic surgeon: $235,000 to $540,000

  • Optometrist: $60,000 to $110,000

  • Pharmacist: $50,000 to $90,000

  • Phlebotomist:$20,000 to $25,000

  • CAT scan technologist: $40,000 to $50,000

  • EKG technician: $20,000 to $30,000

  • Home health aide: $17,000 to $25,000

Health services tips on getting hired
Health Services Tips on getting hired

  • Much depends on what aspect of this diverse and changing industry you choose to pursue.

  • You’ll need a lot of training and personal dedication.

  • Obtaining a Masters of Business Administration as a vital career boost

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Health Services Tips on getting hired

  • A facility with technology is also a big plus on your resume.

  • A CS or EE degree coupled with some aspect of medical training is very useful.

  • Talk with people in the field, it will alert you to available jobs.

Health services the major players
Health ServicesThe Major Players

  • Genesis Health Ventures, Inc.

  • First nursing-home company to offer primary care by staff physicians.

  • 2002 revenue:2.6 Billion dollars.

  • Number of employees: 44,000


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Health Services The Major Players

  • United Health Group, Inc.

  • Oversees more than $300 million in development capital, invest in early-stage health services companies.

  • 2002 revenue: 2.5 billion

  • Number of employees:30,000


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Health Services The Major Players

  • Apria Healthcare Group, Inc.

  • Employs nearly 10,000 health care professionals and serves more than a million patients annually.

  • Provides home medical care, with special services that emphasize home respiratory therapy.


Health services love hate tips
Health ServicesLove-Hate Tips

  • What’s Great

  • Feels good to make others good

  • Flexibility

  • Advances in medical technology make being a part of the medical revolution very rewarding and intellectually stimulating

  • Very large and ever increasing job demand. Health care is recession proof

Health services love hate tips continued
Health ServicesLove-Hate tips continued

  • What’s to Hate

  • Care for Profit- increasingly, the business of health care has come between patients and providers.

  • The 15 minute Consultation- this is how much time most physicians are allocated per patient these days.

  • Survival of the fattest- people within the health care system acknowledge that the poor receive a different standard of health care compared with those with the resources to obtain competent health care.

Health services high school coursework
Health ServicesHigh School Coursework

  • Science, science, and more science- Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy, Health and even Physics are crucial for pursuing a career in health services.

  • Math courses are also very important-Algebra, Calculus and even Accounting coursework is helpful.

  • Introduction to Health Occupations and New Vision Health programs offered at your local Career and Technology center are excellent programs to consider. They can be an excellent starting point towards pursuing a career in the health services field.

Health services local employers interested in you
Health Services Local employers interested in you

  • Lewis County General Hospital

    7660 N. State Street

    Lowville, NY 13367


  • Sunset Nursing Home

    232 Academy Street

    Boonville, NY 13309


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Health ServicesInterested employers continued

  • Valehaven Home for Adults

    4173 Route 12D

    Boonville, NY 13309


  • Lewis County Public Health Agency

    7785 N. State Street

    Lowville, NY 13367


Health services community colleges
Health ServicesCommunity Colleges

  • SUNY Canton

    34 Cornell Drive

    Canton, NY 13617

  • Majors: Mortuary Science, Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Physical Therapy Assistant, and Veterinary Assistant

  • Jefferson Community College

    Coffeen Street

    Watertown, NY 13601

Health services community colleges continued
Health ServicesCommunity Colleges Continued

  • Majors: EMT paramedic, Human Services, Nursing, Office Technologies-medical, Surgical Technology

Health services four year colleges
Health ServicesFour Year Colleges

  • SUNY Canton

    34 Cornell Drive

    Canton, NY 13617

    Majors: Health Services Management, Health Services Management-Mortuary Science, Technology Mgmt.-Facilities Operation, Veterinary Services Management.

Health services employers hiring college graduates
Health Services Employers hiring college graduates

  • Lewis County General Hospital

    7660 N. State Street

    Lowville, NY 13367

  • Hallmark Nursing Home

    Carthage, NY

  • Lewis County Public Health Agency

    7785 N. State Street

    Lowville, NY 13367

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Health ServicesEmployers Hiring College Graduates

  • Carthage Area Hospital

    Carthage, NY

  • Samaritan Medical Center

    Washington Street

    Watertown, NY 13601