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North East Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center

Health Careers:
What Skills You Need?

What skills are needed for employment in Health Care?

Heathcare professionals work in a variety of settings, in regions all over the country, and in many different roles. The following chart may be helpful with assessing skill needs.

Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners

Chiropractors

H
H
H

Dentists

H
H
H

Optometrists

H
H
H

Physicians

H
H
H

Podiatrists

H
H
H

Veterinarians

H
H
H

Registered Nurses, Pharmacists, Dietitians, Therapists & Physician Assistants

Dietitians & nutritionists

M
H
H

Occupational therapists

M
H
H

Pharmacists

H
L
H

Physical therapists

M
H
H

Physician assistants

M
H
M

Recreational therapists

M
H
M

Registered Nurses

M
H
M

Respiratory therapists

M
H
L

Speech pathologists & audiologists

M
M
H

Health Technologists & Technicians

Clinical laboratory technologists

L
L
M

Dental hygienists

L
H
M

Dispensing opticians

M
H
M

Electrocardiograph technicians

M
M
M

Electroenceph technologists

M
H
M

Emergency medical technicians

L
L
M

Licensed practical nurses

L
M
M

Medical record technicians

L
H
M

Radiologic technologists

L
H
M

Surgical technologists

L
M
M

* The World of Work: A Sampler, Occupational Outlook Quarterly, Vol. 30, No.3 (Fall 1986)
H refers to a high, M refers to Medium, L refers to Low (relative to each other)
Job descriptions are also helpful in understanding potiental job opportunities and required skills. You may search for jobs in the health care field at Career Explorer (search for health jobs).

How you should prepare

Eastcentral - Northeast Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center
5662 Interchange Road Lehighton, PA 18235 | Phone: 610.379.2001 | Fax: 610.379.2005 | ecneahec.org