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Healthcare 2020 - 2021

Careers in Health Care

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Health care careers for South Central and Southwest MN

Many times when we think of health care careers, we think about doctors and nursing however there a variety of career opportunities at every education level. To learn more about the careers in healthcare, check out our health care infographics and Health care careers on the CareerWise website.

Interesting Healthcare Facts:

  • Health care & Social Assistance sector is project to gain 3,100 additional jobs from 2014-2024, which is a 10.4% increase.

  • Home health care service is expected to have the largest and fastest job growth.

  • 81% of the jobs in Health care & Social Assistance jobs are held by women. However the number of Healthcare & Social Assistant jobs held by men have increase by 19% over the past 10 years.

Click below to download copies of the Health care infographics.

Health care Infographics

Mayo Health System: Free Virtual Career Tours

FREE Virtual Career Tours introduce students to Mayo Clinic professionals in their work environment without leaving the classroom or home. Each Virtual Career Tour video is 25-minutes in length. Find out what a typical day is like, see advanced technology in action and learn what it takes to become a health care professional. In addition, students have the opportunity to connect LIVE for 15 minutes with a professional to ask additional career questions!

Available Virtual Career Tours

  • Emergency Medicine Paramedic (EMP)
  • Histology Technician
  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
  • Nuclear Medicine Technologist
  • Phlebotomy Technician
  • Physical Therapist/Occupational Therapist (PT/OT)
  • Radiological Technologist
  • Surgical First Assistant (SFA)
  • More to come!!

Application Requirements

Email Career Awareness and specify “Virtual Career Tours” in the subject line noting which career tour for which you are interested.

Minnesota Celebrates Healthcare Careers this January

Learn more about healthcare careers and opportunities through:

  • Healthcare webinars and videos with healthcare facilities and education partners
  • Virtual Career Fairs every Tuesday and Thursday during January
  • Social media posts promoting:
    • Healthcare Career Pathways
    • Educational opportunities
    • Occupations in demand
  • Regional webinar showcasing apprenticeships in healthcare

For more information go to:

Amazing labor force facts about health care in Minnesota:

Health care employs 478,485 people in Minnesota, the largest workforce by sector in the state, accounting for $25.7 billion in wages in 2019. There are more than 11,000 health care employers in Minnesota. The key role of the health care industry in Minnesota’s economy has been highlighted in the COVID-19 pandemic, during which dedicated health care workers saved thousands of lives. Many health care occupations are in critically high demand now – and employers need help finding applicants.

Health care in Minnesota pays an average annual wage of $53,659, which is 4% higher than the nation’s average wage of $51,792 for the same sector. Wages go up with additional training, certification and experience. Many employers provide free or low-cost training for dedicated employees. There is projected long-term demand, as well as high current demand for health care workers. Four of the top 10 Jobs in Demand now in Minnesota based on current job postings are health care jobs.

Nontraditional Careers for Men in the Health Care

Take it from Jeremy, men can be nurses
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HealthForce Minnesota

Check out HealthForce Minnesota's website to explore career information and opportunities to learn more about health care careers.

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Scrubs Camp

Interested in hands on experiences in healthcare?

Scrubs Camp is an opportunity for high school students to explore health science professions through engaging hands on activities. Health care science careers that will be featured include alternative health, dentistry, EMT, medical lab, nursing, nutrition/wellness, pharmacology, physical therapy, psychology, surgery, regenerative medicine and more.

More information will be sent to your school this spring regarding Scrubs Camp 2021.

Allied Health Care & Nursing Programs at South Central College

Allied Health and Nursing at South Central College


Interviewing 101

It is important to prepare for an interview prior to attending. Here are some tips to help.

Before the Interview:

  • Research the company - Make sure you do your homework before your interview by researching the company through their website, LinkedIn, social media and your network of friend, family and acquaintances. Some ideas on what to research with include the company's mission or branding statement, products/services, company values and community involvement.
  • Get Organized - Develop a schedule for yourself for the day of the interview. What time should you start getting ready in order to arrive on time? Make sure you know the directions and location of your interview. Arrange how you will get to your interview. Bring copies of your resume and a list of your references.
  • Plan your introduction - Practice you hand shake with someone so you don't feel awkward during the interview. How will you introduce yourself? An elevator pitch is a great way to introduce yourself. Don't forget to practice your introduction.
  • Dress for Success - General rule is to dress one step above what you would wear to the job. CareerWise offers some additional tips.
  • Practice Practice! Practice interview questions with a family member or friend. Here is a list of common interview questions that will help you get started. Mock interview opportunities are another great way to prepare.
  • Present your best self - Positive self-talk before your interview will help you feel confident. Think of at least 3-4 positive things about you! Be courtesy and friendly to everyone you meet going to your interview. Remember to turn off or silence your phone for the interview.

During the Interview

  • Sell yourself and your skills! - We all have hundreds of skills so don't forget to sell the ones that you can offer to the employer. Click here for more on identifying your skills.
  • Non-verbal communication - Be aware of your body language and good eye contact during your interview.
  • Do you have any questions? - If any employer asks you this, you should have at least one question! This shows that you have spent time thinking about the job and have interest in working there.
  • Thank the interviewer for his/her time

After the interview:

  • Send a follow thank you letter, email or card to the interviewer(s). This allows you another chance not only to thank the employer but summarize why you are the best person for the job. Sending a thank you email/letter/card after the interview a great way to stand out from your competition.
  • Follow up with your references regarding your interview

Additional Resources

Check out CareerForce MN's Youth Interview Checklist

The Balance Careers: Teen Job Interview Questions, Answers & Tips

#Futuready: Mastering Interviews

Questions to Ask During the Interview

UShip Employee: Questions I Asked in My Interview

South Central Workforce Council

Develop and Maintain a Quality Workforce for South Central Minnesota

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