Bob Russell, DDS, MPHPublic Health Dental DirectorBureau Chief321 E 12th StreetDes Moines, IA 50319(515) 242-63831-866-528-4020FAX (515) 242-6384
Yes, you can. Doctors and nurses may be the health professionals you know best, but there are over 200 different careers in health care! Explore this website for information and resources that will help you learn more about many health career opportunities.
Careers in health offer exciting and challenging opportunities for those interested in combining scientific knowledge and patient care. The demand for healthcare professionals is growing, so job availability and mobility are very good. In addition, helping others is very rewarding.
The possibilities are almost endless! In addition to hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, home care agencies and mental health facilities, health professionals are employed by colleges, government agencies, emergency services, insurance and pharmaceutical companies, research departments, and many other entities, or they may be self-employed. Moreover, they may work anywhere in the world.
Definitely! There are health professionals that do not require a lot of personal contact. Research scientists, medical illustrators, health administrators, and biostatisticians are just a few of the professions that do not require personal contact but will still allow you to help people.
It is never too early to begin planning any career. A good academic background is very important. Social and science classes provide a great foundation. Experience in a foreign language (Spanish, Bosnian, etc) could be very helpful. Be sure to talk to your school guidance office and the college admission offices about the courses you should take.
Some of the best sources of information are career counselors, teachers, parents, personal role models and mentors, health professionals (such as your physician, dentist and school nurse), and members of your local public health department. For more information, visit our Web Resources page.
Many federal, state, and private institutions provide financial aid to people interested in a health career. Financial assistance is provided through grants, scholarships, loans and employment. The requirements for financial aid may vary depending on the sponsor institution. For example, some institutions require the applicant to be involved in community service or have experience working with a local ethnic group.
If you need information about financial aid, please visit the Scholarships, Loans, and Grant Opportunities page or contact your local career counselor.
For more information: Contact OHDS at (515) 242-6383 or 1-866-528-4020
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