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Nurses in Western Massachusetts Share their Education and Career Path Stories

There are a variety of Types of Programs available to people looking to start or advance a career in healthcare.

Find resources on GED and Academic Preparation: If you are thinking about going into healthcare, or if you are looking to advance your career.

Self-Assessment Tools can help you discover career options based on your interests, better understand your personality type, and see whether a career in healthcare is right for you.

Education & Training for a Healthcare Career

Finding a pathway for growth

One of the reasons why so many people are starting a career in healthcare is because of the opportunities the field offers. But in order to create a true career pathway in healthcare, postsecondary education and job training are critical.

Postsecondary education is school or training beyond high school. Recent studies show that a high school diploma will no longer prepare an individual for a job that will pay a living wage. Postsecondary education is essential to economic success and to creating a sustainable career. Learn more about postsecondary education preparation at the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education.

Building a healthcare career doesn’t just require more time in school. Keeping skills and industry knowledge up-to-date is also very important, especially since healthcare is changing so quickly.  This Career Pathway Table shows how education and training attainment affect career opportunities.

How to select a healthcare education or training program

Before choosing a school or program, you need to make sure that you understand some basics:

  • Find out what kind of program you need for your career goals.
  • Educational programs offer academic preparation for a career, and can sometimes include internships, simulation training or other work-related experience. Most educational programs end with a degree or certificate. Find academic and career preparation programs at an employer or school in western Massachusetts: Career Exposure and Exploration Programs.
  • Training programs are “vocational” – meaning that they relate directly to on-the-job skills, but might not help with other skills that employers require, such as math and science skills.

Additional Resources:

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