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Strom Thurmond Career and Technology Centerís Heath Science Program

By: Teresa Lilly and Diana Wintrow
web posted June 4, 2014

JOHNSTON Ė Healthcare is one of the largest and fastest growing industries in the United States. The healthcare industry has grown at a time when other industries have struggled. Twenty-eight percent of all new jobs created between 2008 and 2018 will be in the healthcare industry. This estimates roughly to 3.2 million healthcare positions nationwide. Listed below are several of the fastest growing health service career jobs and their salaries.

Biomedical Engineer $77,400
Home Health Aid $20,000
Medical scientist $72,590
Physicianís Assistant, $81,230
Biochemists and Biophysicists $82,840
Physical Therapy Aides $23,760
Dental Hygienists $66,570
Medical and Dental Assistants $28-32,000
Physical Therapists Assistants $46,140

As you can see, the healthcare industry requires workers of all levels of education. Many careers in medicine do not require a Bachelorís degree. However, the higher the degree earned, the more likely you are to be employed. Our students are urged to continue their education in order to be better prepared for todayís job market. High school students have a daunting task ahead of them in making decisions about their future after graduation. The students have to choose a career path, decide on a major, and try to determine the marketability of the degree they may earn.

The Career and Technology Center is a great place for students to start making the decisions that will impact them for a lifetime.  At the Career and Technology Center, our Health Science students can begin to explore many options. Our students can become certified in CPR and First Aid which are life skills all people need to know. Students who take health science classes are also taught medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, wellness, and safety. The seniors have the opportunity, through job shadowing, to explore different health care careers. These experiences give them a better insight to their career choices after high school and allow them to make more informed decisions about their futures.

Our seniors also have the opportunity to become certified nursing assistants. This program allows them to be employment ready upon graduation. Some students choose to use these skills as they work toward their two or four year college degree.

At the Career Center, we are looking for students who are motivated, energetic and most importantly, interested in helping others. It is truly refreshing to see young people eager to reach out and help others, showing compassion and empathy. If interested or if you have further questions, please contact dlwintrow@edgefield.k12.sc.us or talilly@edgefield.k12.sc.us.

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