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Medical & Health Care Careers

Careers in the Medical & Healthcare Field
Throughout life, many adults will switch careers several times. Changes in the economy and shifts in family dynamics can be factors that make it necessary to find a new career path. Joining a field such as the medical and healthcare industry will ensure a career in a never-ending field.

People will always need healthcare, causing it to continue expanding. There are a variety of options within the field itself and this is where an individual must decide where they want to start and where they might want to ultimately end up. When considering a career that requires time spent in school, the student will look at the duration of the schooling and what level of income they will receive once in their chosen job. Usually the financial return reflects the money and effort put forth in school but, often times, there is tuition assistance available.

Do you want to work with animals or humans? Would you like to work directly with the patient, do medical procedures and exams or work in the front office? These are the questions a potential student must ask themselves. The health care field is vast and ever growing; separating some of the job options into categories can be helpful in decision making. 

Working directly with patients and administering their care:
Licensed Practical Nurse
Medical Assistant
Nursing Aid
Nurse Practitioner
Physician Assistant

Administrative or Front office positions:
Healthcare Management
Medical Administration
Medical Billing

Medical Lab

Other types of care:
Holistic Medicine
Physical Therapy
Massage Therapy
Home Health

Animal Care:
Veterinary Science
Animal Training

Among the list there are areas that require minimal schooling with some programs as short as 6 months. Many of these classes are offered at varying schedules to suit the needs of working individuals or parents raising children. Depending on the chosen career, courses are often times offered at night, in the mornings, and possible weekend hours as well. Many schools offer job placement upon graduation. People who do the hiring are aware of the outpour of successful graduates from various schools and sometimes actually call ahead before graduation to see if the school will refer any employees to them upon graduation. It is not uncommon for a student at a college or school in this field to graduate and already have a job waiting for them.

When deciding on a school that is right for you, think about where you want to be in five years. Some jobs in the medical field will require more schooling in order to move into a different job at your place of business. Other jobs allow you the flexibility to work at different locations while performing all of the skills you learned at school. Setting career goals for yourself will assist in choosing the school program that is appropriate for you. Whatever you goals in the medical and healthcare field, there is a school that will match your needs completely.

Growth Outlook: Medical & Healthcare
Data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics

The growth outlook for Medical & Healthcare careers is estimated at about 15% while the estimated growth for all career fields over that same span is at about 10.12%. Over the next six years, Medical & Healthcare jobs are expected to grow at a 48% higher rate than the national average for annual salaries.