About This Cluster
The Health Science Career Cluster is one of the fastest growing career fields. Health Sciences orients students to careers that promote health, wellness, and diagnosis as well as treat injuries and diseases. Professionals can work in a variety of fields, some of which work directly with the patients, and others that work indirectly for the patient.
The growth in technology within the health sciences field has opened up a whole new realm of jobs within the Healthcare field as well. Work locations are varied and may be in hospitals, medical or dental offices or laboratories, community based organizations, or Urgent Care settings.
The regular responsibilities of someone in the health science industry would normally include an inside environment. Often, depending on the situation, a person in this field would be standing or sitting depending on the career choice. Basic computer skills are often required as more and more jobs like nursing require digital tracking of patient care and progress. The North Country is in great need of healthcare professionals, and that next professional could be you!
Skills and Interests
- Academic Foundations– Health care workers will know the academic subject matter required for proficiency within their area. They will use this knowledge as needed in their role. In addition to state high school graduation requirements, the following are included: use a knowledge of human structure and function to conduct health care role, Use a knowledge of diseases and disorders to conduct health care role.
- Communications– Use oral and written communication skills in creating, expressing and interpreting information and ideas including technical terminology and information.
- Systems– Healthcare workers will understand how their role fits into their department, their organization and the overall health care environment. They will identify how keys systems affect services they perform and quality of care.
- Safety, Health and Environmental– Healthcare workers will understand the existing and potential hazards to clients, co-workers, and self. They will prevent injury or illness through safe work practices and follow health and safety policies and procedures.
- Leadership and Teamwork-Healthcare workers will understand the roles and responsibilities of individual members as part of the health care team, including their ability to promote the delivery of quality health care.
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- Like the Profession of Veterinarian (Check Out Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources)
- Like the Profession of Veterinarian Assistant / Technician (Check Out Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources)
- Like the Profession of Facilities Manager (Check out Architecture and Construction)
Northern New York Community Foundation Scholarships
Applications for academic year 2020-2021 Freshman Scholarships will be accepted through Wednesday, April 15, 2020. Applications for academic year 2020-2021 Nontraditional Scholarships are accepted through Monday, June 1, 2020.
Since 1980, the Northern New York Community Foundation has awarded more than $18 million in scholarships to students from Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties.
The Community Foundation annually awards scholarships to:
- High school seniors for their freshman year in college or technical school. Full-time enrollment is required for a one-year award.
- High school juniors in St. Lawrence County who will plan to pursue careers in STEM-related fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) are encouraged to apply for a one-year award.
- Nontraditional students for any year of college or vocational, trade and technical school are also available. Part-time or full-time enrollment is required, and applicants must live in Jefferson, Lewis or St. Lawrence county. Applicants may reapply each year.
Scholarships, which can average up to $2,000, are available from three programs the Community Foundation administers:
- Northern New York Community Foundation Scholarships — Awarded to students in liberal arts.
- Herring College Memorial Scholarships — Awarded to students in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and related fields.
- Visiting Nurse Association Scholarships — Awarded to students in nursing and health-related fields.
The Community Foundation also stewards more than 300 restricted scholarships through funds that individual donors have established.
Local High School Programs/Classes:
Career and Technical Education Programs:
St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES:
Local College / University Majors:
- Nursing A.A.S. (Jefferson Community College)
- Pre-Medical, Dental and Veterinary (St Lawrence University)
- Community Health B.S. (SUNY Potsdam)
- Health Care Management – B.S. (SUNY Canton)
- Nursing – B.S. (SUNY Canton)
- Pre-Medical (Clarkson University)
- Certificate: Practical Nursing (LPN) (North Country Community College)
- Nursing RN (A.A.S.) (North Country Community College)
- Health Science (A.S.) (North Country Community College)
- Nursing AAS (Fulton-Montgomery Community College)
- Allied Health Pre-Certification Courses (Jefferson Community College)
- Community Health M.S. (SUNY Potsdam)
- Pre-Physical Therapy (Clarkson University)
- Doctor of Physical Therapy (Clarkson University)
- Biomolecular Science (Clarkson University)
- Biology (Clarkson University)
- Bioethics, M.S. (Clarkson University)
- HealthCare Data Analytics M.S. (Clarkson University)
- Healthcare Management MBA (Clarkson University)
- Biology (St. Lawrence University)
- Neuroscience (St. Lawrence University)
- Pre-Dentistry (St. Lawrence University)
- Practical Nursing (SUNY Canton)
- Nursing A.A.S. (SUNY Canton)
- Public Health B.S. (Syracuse University)
- Neuroscience B.S. (Syracuse University)
- Nutrition Science B.S. (Syracuse University)
- Nursing (LeMoyne College)
- BS in Professional Studies – Health-related studies (Le Moyne College)
- Dual Degree Partnership in Nursing (DDPN) (Le Moyne College)
- Accelerated Dual Degree Partnership in Nursing (ADDPN) (Le Moyne College)
- RN to BS Program (Le Moyne College)
- Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Program (Le Moyne College)
- MS in Nursing – Administration (Le Moyne College)
- MS in Nursing – Education (Le Moyne College)
- MS in Physician Assistant (PA) Studies (Le Moyne College)
- Veteran – Physician Assistant Bridge Program (Le Moyne College)
- MS in Occupational Therapy (OT) (Le Moyne College)
- Physical Therapy 3+3 Program (Le Moyne College and SUNY Upstate)
- Jefferson Higher Education Center
Earnings and Outlook
The National Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the mean hourly wage for a person in the Health Science industry is $28.46 per hour and $59,201 annually. Wages are different for each of the different trades; in general, the more technical positions or positions that require more skills have higher wages.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics counted about 12.2 million jobs in the SOC occupations that are assigned to the health sciences cluster. Median annual wages for these occupations ranged from $21,020 for home health aides to more than $187,200 (the highest median annual wage published by BLS) for occupations such as surgeons.
- Registered Nurse
- $65,470 per year
- $31.48 per hour
- EMT’s and Paramedic’s
- $31,020 per year
- $14.91 per hour
- Physician Assistants
- $90,930 per year
- $43.72 per hour
- Occupational Therapists
- $75,400 per year
- $36.25 per hour
- Source: National Bureau of Labor Statistics
Top 10 Reasons to Pursue a Health Career Now
- You’ll earn a good salary.
- You’ll enjoy job security.
- You will do work that interests you.
- You can live and work anywhere you want.
- You can find a health career that fits your educational plan.
- You can learn by reading and doing.
- You can get help to pay for school.
- You’ll have a clear path to advancement.
- You can work with people(or not).
- You’ll make a difference in people’s lives.
- Health Career Close-Up
- Office of Professions (Nursing)
- Road to Becoming a Doctor
- AMA Resident & Student Resources
- CDC – Employment – Medical Officer/Physician Positions
- American Nurses Association
- American Medical Association
- North Country Health Compass
- My Health Career
- Biotechnology Research and Development
- Diagnostic Services
- Health Informatics
- Support Services
- Therapeutic Services