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Health Care Careers

This guide explores various common healthcare career options for students.

Mental Health & More

American Psychiatric Association - Choosing a Career in Psychiatry

Psychiatry is the branch of medicine focused on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental, emotional and behavioral disorders. A psychiatrist is a medical doctor (an M.D. or D.O.) who specializes in mental health, including substance use disorders. Find out how you can become an psychiatrist and/or sub-specialists.

American Psychological Association - Careers in Psychology

Explore psychology as a career in different fields such as research, consulting, diagnosing and teaching. Includes job outlook, testimonials from psychologists on their career paths as well as information on how to get ready to work in psychology. This page is also available as a PDF brochure.

American Art Therapy Association - Becoming an Art Therapist

Art Therapy is practiced with developmentally, medically, educationally, socially, or psychologically impaired clients and is practiced in mental health, rehabilitation, medical, educational, and forensic institutions. Find out more about the work and training required.

American Dance Therapy Association - Become a Dance Movement Therapist

Dance/Movement Therapists work with individuals who have social, emotional, cognitive and/or physical concerns or problems. They are employed in psychiatric hospitals, clinics, adult day care, community mental health centers, infant developmental centers, correctional facilities, schools and rehabilitation facilities as well as in private practice.  Find out more about what dance/movement therapists do, where they work and how to become one.

American Music Therapy Association - A Career in Music Therapy

Music therapy is a healthcare profession that uses music to help individuals of all ages improve physical, cognitive, emotional, and social functioning.  In this website, you will find out about music therapy career options, education requirements, personal qualities of a music therapist and more.

American Therapeutic Recreation Association - Become a Recreational Therapist

A recreational therapist utilizes a wide range of activity and community based interventions and techniques to improve the physical, cognitive, emotional, social, and leisure needs of their clients.  Explore the path to becoming a recreational therapist.  In this website, you will find information on education requirements, credentials and important qualities of a recreational therapist as well as the different settings they work.   


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