Different agencies use different categories to describe health career options. The National Institutes of Health breaks health careers into six groups: artistic, entrepreneurial, conventional, investigative, realistic and social. Keep in mind that many fields overlap, interests can develop and change over time, and what really interests you can sometimes come as a surprise.
The National Institutes of Health puts Volunteer State’s Allied Health programs in four categories, which means something is available for almost every personality. Use this as a guide but don’t let it box you in!
Many health careers mean working with people, communicating with them, helping them in difficult times and teaching them ways to improve their quality of life. Sure, all health jobs will involve some paperwork, but these jobs are all about people.
These are good careers for problem-solvers. People in these fields work with health technology in hands-on ways to tackle problems and find solutions.
Some jobs require more analytical thinking and the ability to evaluate new information as it becomes available. Critical thinking is important in these careers because they involve weighing potential treatment options, or conclusions, and often making your case to a team of colleagues.
Some jobs mean working with data and details more than ideas and people. Typically, these careers are more “traditional” only in the sense that they have set routines, clear lines of authority and a Monday-Friday schedule.