Health Science Occupational Pathway

Health Science Occupational Pathway

Health Science jobs include work in ambulatory healthcare, nursing and residential care, and hospitals. This Youth Apprenticeship occupational area focuses on three pathways:

Skills involved include caring and treatment of patients, processing patient data and information, and supporting medical professionals.

Health Science Pathways

Students can choose from three different occupational areas with options to specific pathways.

Therapeutic Services Pathway

In this pathway, students will build basic skills in using standard precautions and infection control, managing client appointments, creating client record, and completing client identification labels. There are four areas to choose from:

Health Informatics Pathway

In this pathway, students will build basic skills in maintaining medical office correspondence, performing records management duties, locating or creating information in the client record, and completing client identification labels. There is one area to choose from:

Ambulatory/Support Services

In this pathway, students will build basic skills in maintaining department documents, creating client records and identification labels, managing appointments, and using computer systems to process information. There are five areas to choose from:

Occupations

Therapeutic Services Pathway

  • Anesthesiologist Assistant
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Audiologist
  • Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Chiropractor
  • Clinical Medical Assistant
  • Dentist
  • Data Entry Coordinator
  • Dental Assistant/Hygienist
  • Dental Lab Technician
  • Dietician
  • EMT/Paramedic
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Home Health Aide
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Massage Therapist
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Optometrist
  • Orthotist/Prosthetist
  • Pharmacist/Pharmacy Technician
  • Physical Therapist/Assistant
  • Physician (MD/DO)
  • Physician’s Assistant
  • Psychologist
  • Radiologic Technician
  • Recreation Therapist
  • Registered Nurse
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Social Worker
  • Speech Language Pathologist
  • Surgical Technician
  • Veterinarian

Health Informatics Pathway

  • Admitting Clerk
  • Applied Researcher
  • Community Services Specialist
  • Data Analyst
  • Data Information Manager
  • Epidemiologist
  • Ethicist
  • Health Care Administrator
  • Health Educator
  • Health Information Coder
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Biller
  • Medical Information Technologist
  • Medical Librarian/Cybrarian
  • Patient Financial Services Representative
  • Pharmacy Services Associate
  • Public Health Educator
  • Reimbursement Specialist
  • Risk Manager
  • Transcriptionist
  • Unit Coordinator
  • Utilization Manager

Ambulatory/Support Services Pathway

  • Biomedical/Clinical Engineer
  • Biomedical/Clinical Technician
  • Central Services Manager
  • Dietary Aide
  • Environmental Health and Safety Technician
  • Environmental Services Manager
  • Epidemiologist
  • Facilities Manager
  • Food Service Administrator
  • Hospital Maintenance Engineer
  • Industrial Hygienist
  • Material Agent
  • Materials Manager
  • Transport Technician

Average Wages

Below are some examples of careers in each pathway and their mean wages. Visit the Occupational Employer Statistics page to find average wages for a specific occupation not listed.

Athletic Trainers: Average $49,370
Community and Social Service Specialists: Average $41,030
Epidemiologists: Average $78,250
Exercise Physiologists: Average $53,850
Health Educators: Average $55,800
Veterinarians: Average $90,120

Related Classes

The Department of Workforce Development recommends taking the following courses:

Classroom instruction maybe offered by qualified instructors within the school district, at another school district, a Wisconsin Technical College, a University, through virtual/online learning, and/or by the employer.

This list is not exhaustive but gives an idea of the types of classes a student needs to take for success in this field. Regional Coordinators can help with finding courses that are best for the chosen pathway and will inform students on the related instruction for each pathway. DWD also recommends outside activities/clubs for an enhanced experience such as:

Getting Started

Get started by talking to a school counselor, Youth Apprenticeship Local Coordinator, or Regional Coordinator about how to apply and obtain career materials (plans of study). Contact DWD Youth Apprenticeship Staff for general or statewide program information.

Health Science Occupational Pathway

View the comprehensive program guide.