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Health Careers - Types of Health Careers

Many Choices

There are many health careers available to men and women from every race and ethnic background who want to make their communities healthier places to live, and who enjoy working with people of all ages.

In Iowa, many health professionals are licensed. To become licensed, you must graduate from a formal education program that will prepare you to practice safely in your chosen field.

Licensed Occupations

For information about all licensed occupations in Iowa, link to Iowa Workforce Development- Iowa Licensed Occupations at:

The website provides a description of the occupation, educational requirements and other important information. At the end of each page, there is a direct link to organizations where you can learn about schools that offer the program in Iowa and other states.

The website provides information about the following licensed health professionals in Iowa:

  • Audiologist (Speech Pathologist)
  • Chiropractor
  • Dentist, Dental Assistant, Dental Hygienist
  • Dietitian
  • Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)
  • Emergency Medical Technician, Emergency Rescue Technician
  • Interpreter for the Deaf
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Marital and Family Therapist
  • Mental Health Counselor
  • Nursing Home Administrator
  • Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapist Assistant
  • Optometrist
  • Pharmacist, Pharmacy Technician
  • Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Physician Assistant
  • Podiatrist, Podiatry Assistant
  • Psychologist
  • Radiation Therapist, Diagnostic Radiographer
  • Registered Nurse
  • Respiratory Therapist, Respiratory Care Technician
  • Social Worker
  • Speech Therapist

Unlicensed Occupations

In addition to licensed health occupations, there are many opportunities to provide care for people as an unlicensed direct care worker. To learn more about direct care workers, link to the Iowa CareGivers Association website at:

The website describes the important work of Certified Nurse Assistants, Home Care Aides, Patient Care Technicians, and other direct care/support workers who deliver 80-90% of the care in Iowa's nursing facilities, home care agencies and in many other health care settings.

What's the Outlook?

The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a nationally recognized source of career information that will help you make decisions about your future career. The Handbook is revised every two years. When you link to the following website, you will find more information about how to use the online handbook: U.S. Department of Labor- Occupational Outlook Handbook

Already a Student?

If you are already a student in an undergraduate or graduate program and would like to learn more about careers in public health, consider applying for a clinical internship position with the Iowa Public Health Department at: