Have you considered a career in health care?
Health care is an important part of Minnesota's economy. Find in-demand health care careers. Learn about new and emerging careers in health care. Discover where health care workers are employed. Watch short, informative videos about the many different health care careers in Minnesota.
Which health care careers are in-demand?
There are many in-demand health care careers in every Minnesota region. Many of these careers also offer high pay. Learn about the different types of health care careers. You will be able to find quick facts for careers, including typical wages, employment outlook, and education requirements. Links are available to detailed information, including related education programs and jobs.
Read about the health care industries that employ people. You will see common careers and wages, as well as the top Minnesota employers hiring for each industry.
- Ambulatory Health Care Services
Ambulatory health care settings are where patients get care during short-term, daytime appointments (as opposed to staying overnight or living in the facility). Settings can include doctors’ or dentists’ offices, walk-in or urgent care clinics, dialysis clinics, surgical clinics, or mental health clinics or offices.
The majority of health care providers, especially nurses, work in hospitals. Hospitals provide in-patient and ambulatory services. In-patient services require at least one overnight stay. Health care providers in hospitals diagnose and treat patients. Hospitals can range in size. In small towns and rural areas, hospitals can employ just one or two doctors and a few nurses to provide all of the care. In urban settings, hospitals can be very large, or part of complex systems, employing hundreds of specialty doctors and nurses as well as several other types of providers.
- Nursing and Residential Care Facilities
Nursing and residential care facilities provide long-term services for patients or clients who need to live where they are receiving care. Examples include people who are elderly or who have disabilities. Residents generally have their meals and other services provided to them. Examples of these residential care facilities include assisted living, memory care, substance abuse treatment organizations, or skilled nursing facilities.
- Social Assistance
A growing number of health care providers are working in social assistance organizations, as well as other non-traditional settings, like public libraries, schools, mobile clinics, jails and prisons, or going to places to work with homeless people. More and more, health care professionals recognize that in order to make sure all people can access care, services need to be available in community settings where people already work, play, and live.
Are you interested in learning about new career opportunities in health care? Learn about some of the emerging health care carers in Minnesota.
- Dental Therapist
Dental therapists are oral health professionals who provide dental care while working under the direction of a dentist. One way to think of them is as the oral health equivalent to physician assistants. They are somewhere between dentists and dental hygienists. Learn more about dental therapists.
- Community Paramedics
Community Paramedics are paramedics that have additional training that allows them to provide primary and preventative health care services. Learn more about community paramedics.
- Collaborative Practice Dental Hygienist
Collaborative agreements between dentists and dental hygienists allow dental hygienists to provide care in the community independently. Learn more about collaborative practice dentists.
Watch these short, informative videos to learn more about health care career options.
News & Events
- Despite COVID-19 Challenges Dental Therapy Had a Watershed 2020 and Is Poised to Grow, The Pew Charitable Trusts
- Dental work: Careers in oral care, Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Careers for nurses: Opportunities and options, Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Interview with a ... surgical technologist, Bureau of Labor Statistics
Learn more about careers in health care at the Minnesota State HealthForce Center of Excellence.