student at future health professionals conferenceHealth care is predicted to continue to be one of the fastest growing industries in the United States. Rewarding career opportunities are available in multiple health care settings. The Bureau of Labor predicted that by the year 2010, 5.3 million health care workers would be required.  Three million of which would be needed to meet the increased demand for services brought about by the aging "baby boomers" and the additional 2.3 million to replace the retiring workers currently employed in health-related fields.

The recruitment and educational preparation of middle school and high school students is necessary in creating the workforce that will be needed to provide future services. The Health Careers Program provides opportunities for exploration of career choices through future nurses clubshealth career clubshealth careers conferences and health discovery camps. Shadowing, mentoring and hands-on demonstrations are offered through the program and its partnerships with education and medical institutions across the Coastal Bend.