The Health Science cluster is about using your communication skills and love of science to keep people healthy and to treat those who are not. Work directly with people as a doctor or physical therapist, conduct research on diseases as a medical scientist, or manage patient data as a health information technician.
As the number of older people requiring medical attention increases over the next decade, so will the demand for healthcare workers. With many people preferring to age at home as long as possible, employment of home health aides is projected to grow much faster than average. Other occupations involved with direct patient care expecting to see strong job growth include physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and occupational and physical therapy assistants. Within the diagnostic services career pathway, phlebotomists, who draw blood for testing and research purposes, will most likely see a higher percentage of job growth than any other occupation in the cluster.
Occupational Projections: 2018-2028
The Health Science cluster is projected to experience about 14.6% growth in Virginia between 2018 and 2028, which is slightly greater than the 14.2% growth expected among the same occupations nationally. This cluster consisted of 307,812 jobs within Virginia in 2018 and is expected to consist of 352,795 jobs by 2028, adding 44,983 new job positions over the decade.
For more information on occupations in the Health Science cluster, visit Trailblazers – Career and Technical Education in Virginia-This is a PDF document..
|Top 10 Occupations by Size||2018 Estimated Number of Jobs in Virginia||Annual Virginia Median Wage||Typical Education, Training, and Work Experience Requirements|
|Registered Nurses||65,917||$72,420||Bachelor's Degree|
|Nursing Assistants||40,677||*$28,145||Associate Degree or Some College; Training/Certification|
|Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses||21,667||$46,130||Associate Degree or Some College; Training/Certification|
|Medical Assistants||14,331||$35,270||Associate Degree or Some College; Training/Certification|
|Physicians and Surgeons, All Other||10,557||*$205,283||Graduate/Professional Degree; Training/Certification|
|Home Health Aides||10,120||*$22,768||High School Diploma; Training/Certification|
|Pharmacy Technicians||9,627||$34,200||Associate Degree or Some College; Training/Certification|
|Dental Assistants||8,545||$44,120||Associate Degree or Some College; Training/Certification|
|Medical and Health Services Managers||8,210||$109,790||Graduate/Professional Degree; Work Experience|
|Medical Secretaries||7,981||$38,430||Associate Degree or Some College; Training/Certification|
Data Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; Virginia Employment Commission; Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, University of Virginia*2018 wage data
Career Cluster Planning
A resource for counselors, administrators, and educators
CTE VERSO – includes information to help local school divisions plan and schedule instructional programs. VERSO is organized by program area, with a complete listing of courses, concentration sequences, and credentials available to students as they plan for career entry and continuing education. Users may access course information by cluster or by searching for specific courses or certifications.
Information and tips for instructional leaders, administrators, counselors and teachers/faculty for creating a career pathway academic and career plan of study.
Sample Academic and Career Plans of StudySchool divisions are asked to develop sample plans of study based on the courses offered within their schools, the employment needs of the region, and the post-high school educational opportunities needed for these careers. Once these sample plans are developed, they can be customized to the needs of individual students so that all students have the opportunity to have an individualized academic and career plan of study.
Sample Pathway Plans of Study for Health Science:
- Biotechnology Research & Development (Word)
- Diagnostic Services (Word)
- Health Informatics (Word)
- Support Services (Word)
- Therapeutic Services (Word)
- Blank Plan of Study (with fields) (Word)
Also see Sample Plans of Study for all clusters and pathways.
Report-This is a PDF document.: Education, Employment and Earnings: Analyzing Data from Health Science
Cluster Analysis Document for Virginia
Current research relative to employment sectors and information on occupation supply and demand. The information is presented in two formats: a summary brief and a detailed report.
Nontraditional Careers: Occupational and Employment Information
The Career Clusters logo and its extensions are the property of the National Career Technical Foundation, as managed by NASDCTEc. Some content on this page is from the publication, R U College & Career Ready? - 2017 Edition; and is used here with permission from the Virginia Business Publications LLC and Trailblazers in the Demographics and Workforce Section of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia.