Do you think you would like to work in the healthcare field?
It’s a great option that offers opportunities for fulfilling careers. The number of jobs in healthcare-related occupations are expected to grow over the next eight years by about 19 percent, adding around 2 million new jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Most people think of doctors and nurses first, but there are many other careers available in healthcare including nurse aides, athletic trainers, radiologic technologists, medical assistants, medical lab technicians, phlebotomists, surgical technologists, emergency medical technicians, dentists, dental hygienists, therapists, and even veterinary technicians and veterinarians.
The level of education required for these careers varies but many need less than four years of college. Salary ranges vary as well, from around $20,000 per year up to more than $100,000 per year.
Given all of that information, a career in healthcare definitely sounds good, right? The key is to figure out whether it’s the right career for you. Choosing a career isn’t just about finding a job and making money, although I won’t argue those are important too.
You also want to find a career that suits you, and a job you won’t dread going to every day. Just because your best friend wants to be a nurse doesn’t mean that’s the right career for you too. Spend some time thinking about your personal strengths, interests and personality traits and consider whether a healthcare career would be a good fit for you.
For example, most careers in healthcare require strong math and science skills. It also helps to have critical thinking skills, the ability to actively listen, and a desire to work with and help other people.
Choosing a career pathway is a big decision and shouldn’t be taken lightly. After all, it’s a lot more fun and a lot less like work if you really enjoy what you do for a living. Below are some links to help you get started exploring a career in healthcare.