If you're looking for a promising career that can really have an impact, health care should make your short list. Here are 10 reasons to consider a health care career:
1. Health care is in demand.
Aging baby boomers boost demand for health care. In fact, according to a 2014 report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), ten of the top 20 fastest growing careers through 2022 are in health care, including: personal care aides, home health aides, diagnostic medical sonographers, occupational therapy assistants, physical therapist assistants, physical therapist aides, skincare specialists, physicians assistants, occupational therapy aides and physical therapists.
2. Health care careers can pay well.
An article in Business Insider shows that of the 25 highest-paying jobs in the U.S. in 2013, 15 of these were in the medical field. Of course, this can mean lots of education, but just keep in mind that potential pay: anesthesiologists were at the top of the list, for example, earning a mean annual salary of $235,070 in 2013, according to Business Insider.
3. You can train for many health care careers online.
Did you know you can train for many health care careers from home? Health care can be a very hands-on profession, so it's natural to expect some clinical and lab training for, say, nurses, but many of the book-based courses can be completed via online colleges. Other less hands-on careers, like health care IT or medical billing, are perfect for online colleges.
4. Many health care careers are faster entry than you think.
While some health care careers require many years of higher education, some, like those to become a physical therapist aide or home health aide, require two years or even less.
5. Health care offers rewarding careers.
Health care professionals provide a valuable service to those in need, improving or protecting their health and overall quality of life.
6. Health care careers are portable.
Wherever you find people, you find demand for health care services. That means that health care occupations can have solid demand virtually anywhere, making this an ideal industry for those who hope to relocate some day.
7. Health care is global.
While rules regulating many health care careers vary tremendously from one country to the next, many professionals are able to practice anywhere in the world, opening up the door to new and exciting opportunities.
8. Health care is stable.
While much of the U.S. has battled some economic decline following the Great Recession, BLS data shows that health care is one of the few industries that have continued to grow.
9. Health care can be flexible.
While some health care professionals work a regular nine-to-five schedule, others, like personal care or home health aides, can work evenings or weekends. This provides a degree of flexibility with which many other industries can't compete, particularly for those with families.
10. Health care offers something for everyone.
When you consider health care, you probably envision doctors or nurses providing patient care, but did you know that many health care workers don't deal with patients at all? Health care is diverse and can include a variety of sub-industries, like information technology and business, which means that you can likely find promising work, whatever your interests and aptitudes.
- Fastest Growing Occupations, Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, January 2014. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/fastest-growing.htm
- The 25 Highest Paying Jobs in America, Business Insider. http://www.businessinsider.com/highest-paying-jobs-in-america-2014-11