The demand is high for healthcare careers due to new medical technology being developed, new research being published, and the constant need for people to be healthy. Many people are drawn to healthcare careers to help people and make the world a healthier place. The healthcare field includes a diverse range of jobs that require different education paths, skills, and aptitudes. Being knowledgeable about your prospective job is key to success.

What to Know Before Pursuing a Career in Healthcare in 2019

Look into Your Prospective Job and Other Jobs in the Healthcare Field

Since there are many diverse jobs in the healthcare career, you will need to figure out which career that you are interested in. Once you find a career that you are interested in, you should do thorough research about the description, daily tasks, compensation, pros and cons of it. However, do not develop tunnel vision towards that one career. Looking into other careers will be helpful as well.

Think about Your Motivation for Pursuing a Healthcare Career

Healthcare careers require a lot of physical, mental, and emotional energy. Unless you decide to become a doctor, you most likely will not become rich in the healthcare industry. If your motivation for pursuing a career in the healthcare industry is to make a lot of money, your heart is in the wrong place. A genuine love for helping people, passion for health and wellness, and an intense interest in science are a few examples of right motivations for pursuing a healthcare career.

Check the Job Growth Rate

While many healthcare careers have a promising job growth rate, some careers may have an average job growth rate or below average job growth rate. Jobs with an above average job growth rate, which is 10 percent or higher, will be less competitive.

Know What Educational Path You Will Have to Take

Healthcare careers can require a minimum of a certification to a master’s or doctorate degree. A certification can be earned in as little as nine months of full-time health coursework while a master’s or doctorate degree can take more than six years of full-time coursework. Fortunately, today’s technology allows many non-traditional students to earn a certificate or degree online on their own schedule. Even if you earn a degree online, you may still have to do a practical learning experience (e.g. an internship or clinical). Whichever program you choose, make sure it has the appropriate accreditation for your future career.

Evaluate How Your Skills and Aptitude Fit into Your Desired Position

Having the right skills and aptitudes for a career is a factor in whether or not a particular career is right for you. For example, if you want to be a nurse, you will need to have empathy, patience, and an aptitude for biology and other sciences. Another example is if you want to be a community health educator, you will need to have effective oral and written communication skills and an aptitude for the social sciences. There are aptitude tests available online for you to take.

Consider the Type of Work Environment that You Want to Work in

Some environments that healthcare professional work in are hospitals, outpatient practices, government organizations, educational settings, corporate settings, and even online in your own home. Enjoying your work environment will play a significant role in your job satisfaction. Some people enjoy more fast-paced work environments, sterile clinical environments, or more office-like settings. While you may be interested in the tasks of a career, the work environment may not be for you. For example, you may want to be a nurse, but the hospital setting may not be for you.

Talk to People Who Already Work in that Position

A great way to accurately learn about the ins and outs of a career are to talk to people who already work in that position to get their point of view. Internet articles may give you a description of a career and the tasks required, but talking to real-life employees will help you get a better idea of the pros and cons of the career.

Work in that Environment Before Committing

If possible, work in that environment in an entry-level position to observe what people in that career do and get a feel for the work environment. For example, you can become a medical assistant while you are earning your nursing degree to get an idea if working in a hospital and the tasks of a nurse are for you. Check this website for current Healthcare Assistant jobs in the UK.

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