Is A Career In Healthcare Right For You?

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Is a Career in Healthcare Right for You? 

We’ve recently written about teaching as a viable career choice for some people. Considering a few other career options, we felt that healthcare was also worthy of exploration as our readers might find it has value due to the depth and sheer variety within this field.

For instance, as well as working as a nurse, there are technical roles and administrative roles dealing with healthcare planning, staff management, and more.

So, let’s now look at healthcare careers and see if it makes sense for you.

Is Healthcare Growing or Shrinking?

The good news is that in most areas of healthcare, there’s a clear expanding demand. Whether from local residents in cities with growing populations that use nearby clinics for affordable healthcare or hospitals needing reliable registered nurses (RNs) to work in a specialist care ward; healthcare is not shrinking.

That might surprise you with all you might have heard recently about medical tourism, yet it’s not having a huge effect on the industry as a whole. Why is that? Because the U.S. population is aging.

The baby boomer generation is mostly retired now and over the age of 65. People tend to get sicker as they age, so the demand on healthcare facilities only grows with an aging population.

As such, while there is some medical tourism evident in younger sections of the population, that’s less the case with older people who might not be able to travel when sick or feel safer seeking healthcare in a country they’ve never set foot in before. 

nursery nurses in pink scrub suit with newborn

Better Job Security?

In most areas of healthcare, there’s a supply shortage of qualified nurses, doctors, and other medical personnel. Hospitals often cannot hire fast enough to meet demand, which is a growing problem.

For eager staff such as RNs who perform well and are reliable, their job security should be far more assured than when working in other professions. That’s even truer when comparing nursing (or other healthcare-related jobs) to ones which are at serious risk of being outsourced abroad.

Whilst technology can make life easier and reduce the number of steps necessary with certain types of care, nothing replaces having enough nurses on the ward to provide the required medical care to patients in need.

With job security, there are also current concerns over artificial intelligence, automation, and other technology-related innovations. How will they affect the healthcare profession? It’s true that technology is changing healthcare in a meaningful way.

However, it also often improves health outcomes through new innovations rather than taking something away from patient care.

It’s possible that AI could be used to suggest what might be wrong with a patient based on their diagnosis or test results, but that doesn’t remove the need for able doctors or nurses to provide necessary medication. 

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Flexibility of Where to Work in the U.S. or Abroad?

Given the demand for qualified personnel to work in certain professional positions within the healthcare field, it stands to reason that they’re needed across the States. That’s true in larger cities but also smaller rural communities that often find it difficult to attract the best talent.

For anyone who enjoys small-town living and a greater sense of community, then a nursing role within the community is going to be perfect for them away from the hustle and bustle of big city life.

Sometimes there’s a generous relocation allowance offered to encourage the best talent to move from a different state and join a healthcare organization’s staff too.

The flexibility for nurses is especially good. There are some that have even chosen to be a van dweller, moving to different nursing jobs through the seasons. This is true of Nate Hemann, an RN, who hit the news not long ago with stories about his ownership of a home on wheels.

There’s also an occupational therapist who does the same thing and several female travel nurses have embraced the RV lifestyle for greater flexibility. 

nurse outdoor helping elderly in wheelchair

How to Get Involved with Healthcare?

The time to study to become a doctor and the debt required to achieve that level is extreme. By contrast, nursing is a common way to get into healthcare. The great thing about nursing is that there’s a clear educational path in this career with nurses able to decide how far they wish to progress.

Studying for an Associate degree in Nursing is one possible step that takes at least a couple of years but provides what is required to work in the profession. Becoming an RN does require an exam and passing the licensing requirements for the state where you’ll be working.

From the registered nurse stage, moving up from an RN to BSN is a matter of taking the BSN degree in nursing, which is longer and more advanced. Still working as an RN, you’ll have access to more senior nursing positions. The RN to BSN in Georgia suits people who plan to stay and work in that state too. 

nursery nurse with infant

Is the Career Trajectory Positive?

For ambitious nurses, they don’t have to stop with being an RN with an associate degree or even with a higher BSN degree. They can move up from the BSN to study for a master’s in nursing. From there, a Ph.D. is possible too.

Alternatively, at the master’s level, there’s the option to study for a future nursing administrator role. This would move behind the scenes in charge of how the hospital is run to ensure that frontline medical staff have what they need to perform at their best.

nurse wearing surgical face mask

Overall, healthcare is an excellent field to go into. There are positive expectations when it comes to job demand, availability and flexibility too. In terms of the roles themselves, you’re free to pick one that matches your skills and preferences.

Additionally, choosing your studies wisely, the doors are opened with greater career options and higher remuneration. With regard to nursing jobs specifically, these offer some interesting choices with specializations like acute care, pediatric care, along with management or administrative career paths too.

A career in healthcare looks positive now and in the future too.

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