Careers in the HEALTH SECTOR



A career in the healthcare sector can be personally rewarding as you get to help many people by assisting them during challenging times and making a difference in their life.  

Careers in healthcare go far beyond studying medicine and working in hospitals. Healthcare includes several services related to health and ‘Care-Work’ and there are jobs available for every education level. 

It’s an exciting time to pursue a career in healthcare as the available jobs are expected to increase by far more than any other occupation sector in the coming years. There is a wide variety of career options to choose from. 

Regarding more broad career paths, professions such as home health aides, dental hygienists, medical laboratory technicians, and physical therapist assistants are on the rise. There are also opportunities in allied healthcare with the need for medical assistants or pharmacy technicians. Moreover, healthcare technology is another growing field. 

With a greater need for qualified professionals than ever before, a career in healthcare offers greater job security than most other industries.


Becoming a midwife gives you access to a broad range of career options such as e.g. working in the labour ward, breastfeeding support, antenatal screening, research, birth centres, local clinics, children’s centres, health visiting or neonatal nursing, and consulting. As a midwife, you can work for the NHS, a private company/hospital or independently. 


As a nurse, you do not necessarily need to work in a hospital. There are many different roles and working environments to choose from in this constantly evolving field. There are plenty of nursing specialities with direct or indirect patient care areas. 




Health Professional  

  • Health improvement practitioner  
  • Health service manager  
  • Medical sales representative  
  • Naturopath  
  • Adult nurse  
  • Anatomical pathology technologist Counselor  
  • Dental hygienist  
  • Dental technician 
  • Dental therapist  
  • Occupational therapist  
  • Personal trainer  
  • Physician associate  
  • Prosthetist/orthotist  
  • Social worker Youth worker  
  • Genetic counsellor  
  • Medicinal chemist 
  • Research scientist  


  • Adult nurse Children's nurse  
  • Health play specialist 
  • Health visitor  
  • High-intensity therapist 
  • Learning disability nurse  
  • Mental health nurse  
  • Paramedic  
  • Physician associate  


  • Midwife 
  • Maternity support worker  
  • Newborn hearing screener  
  • Neonatal nurse  
  • Children's nurse  
  • Health play specialist  
  • Health visitor Counsellor  
  • Play therapist  
  • Social worker 


Gain work experience 

As you acquire your qualifications, you also want to gain some work experience. You can do that by volunteering or taking internships e.g. in your local hospital or nursing home.  You can also look for part-time and/or entry jobs as a care worker or healthcare assistant, or try to find and get involved in health or social work projects organised by various NGOs, medical charities and not-for-profit organisations. By doing so you will get insight into how medical companies or organisations operate. 

Gain transferable skills 

Cambridge Home Education wants you to succeed in every aspect and at each stage of your pathway towards your new career. Therefore, our modules combine study and writing skills needed for university, as well as content and skills that will give you an understanding of various aspects of the Health profession. Our courses are also designed to develop transferable skills.  

  • Teamwork – as a health professional you will need the ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team in any capacity 
  • Interpersonal skills – these skills are particularly essential as you will be expected to support and advise patients and their families. 
  • Self-management, organisation and time-management skills – are just essential life skills in any modern working environment including health professions. 
  • Communication skills – it is paramount that you gain the ability to convey accurate, specific medical knowledge to patients and/or their families in a way that they can understand 
  • Data analysis, evaluation and interpretation – you will need these to use and present health information and data effectively 
  • Research, analytical, and problem-solving skills – you will need these to succeed in your further studies at the university. You will quickly find, that these are also essential to succeed in the majority of working environments. 


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