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.
- Webinar: MassHire Springfield YouthWorks presents Exploring the Healthcare Profession – hosted by Phylis Gedeon, Youth Specialist
- Virtual Office Hours for College’s Nursing Programs – (this link will be updated periodically to provide information on additional schools)
- Career Pathway Roadmap of high demand occupations in healthcare and social assistance.