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Top 10 Reasons to Pursue a Health Career Now
23 June 2008
A career is more than a paycheck. It’s something you’ll be doing 40 hours a week for 40 years or more.
As you think about what you want to do for the rest of your life, think about more than just what you'll be doing and how much money you can make. Here are 10 reasons to think about pursuing a health career.
Okay, salary is important. The good news is health workers make very good money. The average entry-level health worker earns from $15 to $50 per hour. The more experience and training you get in your field, the more money you can make. Wonder how much you can make? Search health careers by salary on ExploreHealthCareers.org.
Unlike many industries that are losing workers, the health care field is growing rapidly. The U.S. Department of Labor expects health care will generate 3 million new wage and salary jobs between 2006 and 2016, more than any other industry. Dozens of health careers have good or excellent job prospects, meaning you’ll never have trouble finding a job.
A career in health can lead in many directions. You can treat patients in an office or study cells under a microscope. You can work in a small doctor’s office or run a hospital. You can examine eyes, mend bones, clean teeth or deliver babies. The range of skills and experiences is limited only to your imagination.
Almost every region of the United States has a strong demand for healthcare professionals in a wide range of fields. As a trained health worker, you can choose where you want to live and the setting you want to work in.
There are health careers that require 8, 10, even 13 years of specialized education after high school, and there are health careers you can train for in 18-24 months at your local community college. You can search for health careers that fit your educational plans on ExploreHealthCareers.org.
Many health career training programs involve both classroom lectures and hands-on learning opportunities. You may spend time in a lab, do a summer internship in a community clinic, or do a clinical rotation in a bustling hospital to hone your technical and patient care skills. There are even hands-on learning programs for high school and college students who haven't decided on a career. Find a pre-health enrichment program near you.
Hundreds of scholarships, financial aid programs, grants and student loans are available to help aspiring healthcare workers pay for school. You can search for educational search funding on ExploreHealthCareers.org.
It costs employers less to promote a trusted worker than to hire someone new. Many employers will reimburse educational expenses and even give you time off to go to school so you can qualify for a higher-paying position. Some organizations run career ladder programs that help accelerate employee advancement.
Do you prefer to work alone or on a team? Are you more comfortable working with people or with information? What ever your preference, you can find a health career that matches your skills and interests.
Perhaps the biggest benefit of being a healthcare professional is that you will make a difference in people’s lives. Whether you work as a nurse’s aide, a cytotechnologist, a food safety inspector, or a veterinary assistant, you will be helping to make our world a little healthier, a little safer and a little better. Start your search for a health career today.
Last updated: March 3, 2015
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