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If you’re passionate about caring for people and making a difference to their lives, then a career in healthcare could be the one for you.

What impact could you make?

Improve patients’ treatment and support. Your work will help people live long, healthy and happy lives.
No two days are ever the same when it comes to dealing with patients. You'll likely also get the chance to work with people from all walks of life.
Whether you're working directly with someone or indirectly in a lab, you'll change lives and have an impact on families.  
It's such a privilege to be part of women and families' lives at such a special time. I feel being a midwife is a well-rounded practical and emotional job which is very rewarding.SiobhainCommunity Midwife, NHS Scotland

Healthcare at a glance

You could work with the public or provide support behind the scenes. The range of jobs within healthcare goes way beyond doctors and nurses. There are opportunities for accountants, chefs, software designers and more.


In 2023, there were around 254,300 people working in healthcare across Scotland. 

Job availability

Between 2023 and 2026, it's expected there will be 25,900 people needed to fill job openings.

Job diversity

As of October 2023, there are 5,973 Modern Apprentices in training across sport, health and social care.  

Things you may not know about healthcare

There’s a growing demand for people with digital skills in the healthcare industry.

Source: Skills Development Scotland

In response to COVID-19, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde's clinical physics team converted 100 anaesthetic machines to ventilators.

Source: NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Photography brand Canon has a team in Edinburgh with more than 120 engineers, scientists and clinical experts working to deliver world-leading software and technology used in hospitals.

Source: Life Sciences in Scotland

Organisations making a difference

Discover some of the organisations within healthcare and how they’re making an impact on the industry.