Explore Health Career Pathways in WV

Behavioral Health Careers

Careers in behavioral health involve providing important support and services to children, adolescents, and adults dealing with emotional challenges, behavioral problems, mental illness, life stressors, and substance use disorders. West Virginia needs passionate, dedicated behavioral health professionals — and that means a wide variety of in-demand job opportunities when you graduate and job security in the long-run. If you are interested in a career in behavioral health, there are several possible educational pathways you can choose in West Virginia, including Social Work, Counseling and Psychology.

Nursing Careers

The role of nurses in improving the health of individuals, families, and communities by addressing social determinants of health and providing effective, efficient, equitable, and accessible care for all people across the care continuum has been well documented. The need for nurses has continued to grow with an aging population in the US requiring more care, the retirement of the Baby Boomer generation of nurses, and the expanding roles for nurses in the health care system. The COVID-19 pandemic further stressed health care systems already dealing with a shortage of qualified nurses. If you are interested in learning more about nursing careers, there are many program options to select from in West Virginia, from Certified Nursing Assistants to Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioners and everything in between.

Appalachian Care Chronicles Podcast

Brought to you by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and hosted by Aryana Misaghi, a 2023 graduate of Marshall University's Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, the podcast follows a variety of problem-solvers, change makers, and daily helpers—behind the scenes and on the front lines—to shine a light on what they do day-to-day and how they got there. It explores critical moments, both extraordinary and overlooked, within career trajectories that might (sometimes) appear traditional but are often full of twists and surprises.