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This health lesson informs students about careers related to the respiratory, cardiovascular, and skeletal systems


P.E. & Health  


9, 10, 11, 12  

Title – Health Careers
By – Jenna Gourlay
Primary Subject – Health / Physical Education
Grade Level – 9-12


    Students have been learning about the respiratory, cardiovascular, and skeletal systems and it is essential to inform them about the possible careers that are available for them.

Prior Knowledge of Students:

    Students should have a background in the respiratory, cardiovascular and skeletal systems.

New Jersey Standard:

    2.2.12 F. Health Services and Careers:

    1. Access health and fitness services, programs, and resources and evaluate them for cost, availability, accessibility, benefits, and accreditation.
    2. Analyze the preparation, licensing, and responsibilities of wellness and fitness professionals.

Performance Objectives:

  1. Cognitive: At the end of the lesson on careers, students should know the different health careers that are available to them. They will be assessed based on a series of questions at the end of the period.
  2. Social: At the end of the lesson on health careers, students should be on task 80% of the time at any given minute interval. The teacher will evaluate the on-task behavior by observing for two one-minute intervals.


  1. Lesson Plan
  2. Cut-outs of health professions and salaries
  3. Descriptions of health professions
  4. Questions for end of the class

Diverse Students:

    Special Needs / Developmental Difference – not applicable for this class


  1. Introduction
    1. Salaries and Professions
      1. Attached is a table of professions and the salaries (See SALARIES below). They will be cut-out, mixed up and handed out to the students
      2. The students will then pair the salary with the profession they believe correlates
      3. They will then record it on the board so we can discuss
      4. Teacher will then write the correct order on the board
  2. Content:
    1. Teacher will go over the description, workplace, and amount of education necessary for each profession
    2. Teacher will go one by one as he/she gives the correct answers to the salaries
    3. Content (See HEALTH CAREERS below)


  1. Will be used as a final activity as well (See NAME THAT PROFESSION below)
  2. Teacher evaluation of on task time.


  1. Sum up lesson – ask for questions regarding careers.
  2. Review the amount of education and the importance.




Skeletal System: RADIOLOGIST

      • Salary – ON ATTACHED SHEET
      • Education
        • 4 years of undergraduate (Bachelor’s degree)
        • 4 years of medical school (Medical degree)
        • 4 years of residency training
        • 1 year of (optional) fellowship training for sub-specialization
      • Workplace – hospital, clinic, or private medical facility
      • Description – A Radiologist is a medical specialist directing medical imaging technologies to diagnose and treat diseases and disorders. (MRI, CT, Ultrasound)


      • Salary – ON ATTACHED SHEET
      • Education –
        • 4 years of undergraduate (Bachelor’s degree)
        • 3 years of medical school (DPT)
      • Workplace – hospitals, in-patient, out-patient, schools, private practice, house calls
      • Description – Physical Therapists help restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or diseases.


    • Salary – ON ATTACHED SHEET
    • Education –
      • 4 years of undergraduate education, the completion of a 4-year chiropractic college course, and passing scores on national and State examinations
    • Workplace – 52% self-owned offices, usually in specific office
    • Description – Chiropractor is a health care professional who diagnoses and treats mechanical disorders of the spine and the musculoskeletal system with the intention of improving the health of the nervous system. Chiropractors commonly use spinal adjustments for treatment, although other procedures may be used as well.


      • Salary – ON ATTACHED SHEET
      • Education –
        • High School Graduate
        • Completion of course and pass certification
      • Workplace – Health clubs, homes, schools
      • Description – Personal exercise trainers provide one-on-one fitness instruction to people desiring a program tailored to their specific needs. Trainers evaluate their clients’ physical fitness and keep track of their progress.


      • Salary – ON ATTACHED SHEET
      • Education –
        • High School Graduate
        • Completion 6-12 months training and pass examination
      • Workplace – private facilities, health clubs, resorts, retail centers, and country clubs
      • Description – Massage therapists massage their customers for therapeutic and remedial reasons. They also administer other kinds of body conditioning. Relax and rejuvenate muscles.


    • Salary – ON ATTACHED SHEET
    • Education –
      • Bachelor’s degree plus training
      • National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) certification
    • Workplace – schools, sports teams, camps, health clubs
    • Description – Athletic trainers prevent, examine, and treat athletes’ injuries. They also work with team doctors to provide physical therapy for athletes who are recovering from injuries and to show athletes how to build their strength and avoid further injury.

Circulatory System: EMT/ PARAMEDIC

      • Salary – ON ATTACHED SHEET
      • Education –
        • A high school diploma is usually required to enter a formal emergency medical technician training program.
        • Training is offered at progressive levels: EMT-Basic, EMT-Intermediate, and EMT-Paramedic.
      • Workplace – on the scene care, hospital
      • Description – Responds to emergency calls to provide efficient and immediate care to the critically ill and injured, and transports the patient to a medical facility.


    • Salary – ON ATTACHED SHEET
    • Education –
      • 4 years of undergraduate school
      • 4 years of medical school
      • 3 to 8 years of internship and residency
    • Workplace – small offices, clinics, hospitals
    • Description – Cardiologists specialize in the diagnosis, treatment and intervention of diseases of the heart and cardiovascular system. They are highly specialized.


      Has the greatest finishing salary


      Has the lowest starting salary

EMT / Paramedic

      Does not require college

Personal Trainer, Massage Therapist, EMT/ Paramedic

      Might work for the New York Yankees

Athletic Trainers

      Uses technology like an MRI


      Works to relieve muscle tension

Massage Therapist

      Would help you recover from an ACL injury

Physical Therapist

      Helps athletes prevent injury

Athletic Trainer

      Would advise you that cracking your own back is dangerous


      Responds to a 9-11 call

EMT/ Paramedic

      Most likely to be employed by a health club

Personal Trainer

      Would be interested in your heart rate and blood pressure


      Highest paying muscular system profession

Athletic Trainer

      Requires the NATA certification

Athletic Trainer

SALARY SHEET (2009) Radiologist

      1 yr – $70,000


      More than 15 yrs – $300,000


      1 yr – $50,000


      More than 15 yrs – $100,000

Physical Therapist

      1 yr – $55,000


      More than 15 yrs – $85,000

Athletic Trainer

      1 yr – $35,000


      More than 15 yrs – $65,000

Massage Therapist

      1 yr – $15 an hr


      More than 15 yrs – $50 an hr

Personal Trainer

      1 yr – $17 an hr


      More than 15 yrs – $45 an hr


      1 yr – $12 an hr


      More than 15 yrs – $25 an hr


      1 yr – $85,000


      More than 15 yrs – $250,000



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