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If the idea of making a difference in the lives of individuals appeals to you, consider a career in the Direct Patient Care Career Ladder. Whether in optical, dental, medical, or social services, people need one-on-one interaction and care. Healthcare is a specialized but rewarding field that is in high demand, and some jobs only require a high school diploma and/or certification of career training. Direct Patient Care has multiple pathways; see if there is one for you.

Entry Level

High School Diploma, Career Technical
Training, and On-the-Job Training

Mid Career

Associates and Bachelor’s +


Health Care Ecosystem Career Ladder
The lines within this career ladder provide potential pathways that workers can follow within this industry ecosystem. The colors are simply to differentiate one pathway option from the other.
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Critical Occupation List

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