Many people are daily faced with the decision of what to do with their lives. They are either young individuals who have yet to set out on a path, or those who feel they need a change in their lives, or who are unhappy with their current work situation. In any of these cases, I would like to make a strong suggestion that the medical field be looked into.
Medicine is a high-demand field and it is one of the most important professions in our society. And aside from the fact that medical professionals are constantly helping others and making a difference, there are other perks too. While there is a lot of education and training involved (you’ll be working with both live patients and anatomical models) it can be a great path to take. http://allhealthcare.monster.com/careers/articles/127-10-reasons-to-get-into-a-healthcare-career has posted a great list of reasons to get a job in healthcare:
- You’ll be in demand!
Healthcare is the fastest growing job sector in the workforce. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2004, of the 30 fastest growing occupations in the entire labor market, about half are jobs in the allied health fields. Think of the job opportunities there will be.
- Healthcare pays
According to the U. S. Department of Labor, with an associate degree, in some fields you can make as much as $80-100,000 (if you rank in the top 10% of salaries). If you go for a higher degree, you can also make a good living and do more than just pay your bills.
- Choices, choices, choices
There are lots of different opportunities in healthcare – something for everyone. You can work in med tech, labs, or directly with patients in hospitals, homes, or clinics.
- Get a free education
You can get your education paid for. Due to the staffing shortages in the industry, you can find employers and government scholarships to cover your educational costs.
- You’ll feel needed
Working in healthcare make a difference in people’s lives. Caring for people and helping others lead healthy lives is satisfying and important.
- Meet different people
Healthcare workers interact with different people everyday, including patients, doctors, medical staff. In some fields, you’ll interact with researchers, technology experts, or scientists.
- Health care is exciting
You never know what’s going to happen, and have to stay on your toes, solve problems and make good decisions. Every day is different.
- You can move up
There are lots of opportunities for advancement in healthcare. You can get promoted or move up to related healthcare fields that pay more. Physical therapists and paramedics make up a large part of programs for future physician assistants, a job that pays $80-100,000.
You can change specialties. If you’re interested in pediatrics or prosthetics, you can move into those areas when the opportunities arise.
- The world is your oyster: travel far and wide
You can take it on the road! Healthcare jobs are in demand everywhere. With portable skills, you can go where you want.