DepartmentsInforming the Professional Case Manager's Career Path: Five LessonsFink-Samnick, Ellen MSW, ACSW, LCSW, CCM, CRPAuthor Information Ellen Fink-Samnick, MSW, ACSW, LCSW, CCM, CRP, is a DBH student at Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies, Phoenix, AZ. She is an award-winning subject matter expert who empowers health care's transdisciplinary workforce. Known as “The Ethical Compass of Professional Case Management,” Ellen has developed content for many of the case management industry's knowledge projects including books, white papers, chapters, articles, and continuing education on the Ethical Use of Technology, Competency-Based Case Management, Collaborative Care, the Social Determinants of Health, and Dimensions of Workplace Bullying. The author reports no conflicts of interest. Professional Case Management: July/August 2020 - Volume 25 - Issue 4 - p 185-187 doi: 10.1097/NCM.0000000000000444 Buy Metrics Abstract Professional case management's career path offers countless opportunities to pursue, from attainment of the highest levels of licensure and credentialing to education, and that terminal degree. Defining each point of the journey and individual milestones warrants keen attention to a number of areas. All of these decisions and options evolve in response to the industry landscape, as well as professional and personal development. Five key lessons provide case managers clear starting points to consider the most appropriate career path to travel amid a landscape marked by constant change. © 2020 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.