"Have a passion for what you do every day."

Role Model Photo Bobby Schmidt

Health Field: Health Information Manager/Administrator

Number of years in the profession:
24 year

Years in College: 7 years

Professional Credentials:
M.Ed. - Health Education/Health Care Administration

How did you know this career was what you wanted to do?
Early on I was preparing to be a high school coach.At the end of my second year in college, I changed my major to health education, with the goal to work for the Texas Dept. of Health. The Department of Health is now called the Department of State Health Services.

What other careers did you consider?
Coaching/Physical Education/Athletic Training

What experiences in your life developed your interest in your career?
My uncle worked for the City of San Antonio Health Department - Mosquito Control

What early preparations did you take (in high school and college) to reach your career goal?
I made sure I was on a college prepatory track. In college I did an internship at TDH in Health Education.

What things did you find to be difficult as you prepared for your career?
Kinesiology and physical education for the handicapped individual were hard classes.

How did you overcome these challenges?
I'm not sure I did - not really - it took extra time in the library and in the labs.

Was your family supportive of you through your college (or other training) years?

Did you have a job and work while you were going to college or other training? Yes

Present Career as a Health Information Manager/Administrator

Describe an average work day for you.
Currently, I am the Program Director for the Statewide Health Coordinating Council. Previously, I was the Program Director for the Alzheimer's Disease Program at DSHS. In that role, I corresponded with the general public, physicians, caregivers, academia, etc regarding the disease. I also provided support to the Texas Council on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders and the Texas Alzheimer's Research Consortium.

How many hours do you work in an average week?

What kind of health care setting do you work in?
I work at the Texas Department of State Health Services in the Adult Health and Chronic Disease Unit.

What do you see as strengths needed for your career?
A well rounded background in the Health Sciences and Health Education.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Assisting the Caregivers

What advice would you give to those who are interested in your career?
Have a passion for what you do every day. Know that the information you pass on is helping someone. Be prepared for the question you have not heard yet.

If you could start over, would you still make the same decision to pursue education?
Yes - I love what I do - I m extemely pleased I made the choices I made. In this profession you touch the core of people's lives.

Do you plan to pursue opportunities for advancement in your career field?
Actually, I will probably retire in the next 3 to 5 years.

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