Counseling, Therapy & Pharmacy

Helping patients recover, cope, and adjust

Careers in this cluster provide counseling, physical treatment, medication, or other services to help patients recover from or adjust to an illness, injury, or disability. These professionals often help patients bridge the gap between a hospital stay and full recovery.

Trends in Counseling, Therapy, and Pharmacy include:

  • The new model of patient-centered care means that information needs to be shared between counseling, therapy, and pharmacy professionals and primary care providers, hospitals, and others involved in a patient’s care.
  • Many of these positions work directly with older adults, and as the population ages, counseling, therapy, and pharmacy professionals will need to understand the basics of geriatric care.

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What is it like to work in a Counseling, Therapy and Pharmacy career?

Working in a Counseling, Therapy, and Pharmacy career means working very closely with patients and their families. These professionals also often need to collaborate with other care providers, so excellent communication and team work skills are key to building a successful career in this cluster.

Most careers in this cluster work directly with patients in diverse communities, so cultural competency is also extremely important. “Cultural competency” means that one can work effectively with people of different cultures. Understanding the way different cultures view health care as part of their daily lives and learning to work with these views allows for much more effective delivery of care.

When you are planning a career in Counseling, Therapy, and Pharmacy, you must make sure that you are gaining strong STEM skills – science, technology, engineering and math.

(Not sure if Counseling, Therapy, and Pharmacy careers are right for you? Check out this personal interest inventory to help find potential careers that are a match.)

If you think you might want to work in a Counseling, Therapy, and Pharmacy career, it is highly recommended that you work with a career counselor or academic counselor to make sure that you create a career plan that is realistic and matches your goals.


Nursing is the fastest growing career in healthcare.
Question 1 Explanation: 
False. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that personal care aids and home health aids will be the fastest growing occupations through 2020.