Dear Students and Educators:
It is with great pleasure that I introduce you to the Fifth Edition of the Health Occupations & Technology (H.O.T.) Guide—Careers in Connecticut. As the health care system in the United States has become increasingly complex over the past decades, exploring career options within it has become a greater challenge. The H.O.T. Guide is your map . . . and serves as a comprehensive guide to all of the health and biotechnology careers for which there is an educational program offered in Connecticut. This guide is specifically designed for those interested in learning more about health and biotechnology careers and educational opportunities for such careers in the state of Connecticut. The guide is also a great resource tool for educators and guidance counselors to share with their students as they start thinking about college and career choices.
One of the primary objectives of Connecticut Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) is to promote health careers, and this guide is just one of many projects Connecticut AHEC is working on to fulfill this objective. The various AHEC regional centers throughout Connecticut plan and coordinate numerous programs aimed at exposing students and others to health careers as well as preparing learners for particular careers. Examples of such programs include: Youth Health Service Corps, Public Health Ambassadors, Biomedical Engineering Discovery Program, CT Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, Migrant Farm Workers Medical Summer Program, CNA Pathways to College Program, Medical/Community Interpreter Program and Community Health Worker Core Competency Training. All of these programs provide opportunities to learn more about health careers through hands-on experience and interaction with health care professionals.
The guide provides valuable information about planning for college, financial aid, enrichment programs, and educational opportunities in Connecticut. The H.O.T. Guide also answers the following questions for over eighty different health and biotechnology careers:
What will my job be like?
Where could I work?
What is the salary for this career?
What is the future of this career?
What type of education and/or training do I need?
Where can I get the education and/or training?
Do I need a license or certification for this career?
Where can I get more information?
Since 2001, Connecticut AHEC has supported the guide—first in print and since the 4th edition, online. With over 25,000 page views per year, Connecticut AHEC is proud to contribute to the promotion of health careers through the publication of this guide. We hope that students and educators will find it to be a useful resource in learning about and planning for a ‘H.O.T. career in Connecticut.’
Bruce Gould, MD
Director, Connecticut AHEC Program
Associate Dean for Primary Care
University of Connecticut School of Medicine