Choosing a Career in the Healthcare Field
Research dating back to 2018 (pre-COVID19) clearly shows how opportunities in the healthcare industry have been on the rise for quite some time. More so, as demonstrated by the recent global pandemic, it is now one of the most stable and essential career fields in the world. Pandemic aside, there are factors that are contributing to the growing need of medical professionals in a variety of fields. According to a recent article on Monster.com, these factors include:
- As of 2020, one of the largest generations in modern history, the Baby Boomers, are currently between the ages of 56-76 years old.
- People, including the Baby Boomers, are living longer than ever before. According to research, people can expect to live about six years longer than their grandparents, on average. Thus, the numbers of people in older age groups, is understandably increasing. People who are living longer will, understandably, have increasing healthcare needs.
- Home healthcare and residential care is growing as aging children reach an age where they are no longer in a position to care for their elderly parents.
- Continuing developments in medical science and technology is contributing to the number of patients surviving injury and severe illness. Thus, the medical field is seeing more and more patients requiring long-term care.
- As the medical industry evolves, there is going to be a continuing shift from expensive inpatient care to outpatient and home healthcare.
Why should you choose a medical career?
While it is clear that the medical industry as a whole is increasing in demand, many may wonder what it can mean on a more granular or personal level. Thus, if you considering a position in the healthcare industry, there are several reasons to give it more thought. According to Indeed.com, potential employees can expect the following benefits by choosing a career in the medical field:
- Job security: Experts estimate that the medical industry is positioned to grow by 14% between 2018 to 2028. Growth on that level, in a global industry, certainly translates to more jobs and security once you land a job (as long as you do your job, of course).
- Location, location, location: More than ever in 2020, we have seen that healthcare professionals are needed throughout the nation and the world. The fact that travel nursing is more popular than ever is proof of this. With the right credentials and the right staffing agency, medical professionals have the freedom to choose where they live and work.
- Advancing your career: In the medical field, there are countless career paths available. Take Nurse Alice, for instance. Her career has spanned several different licenses. A lot of healthcare facilities offer tuition reimbursement. With such a competitive job market, many employers are willing to invest in employees looking to better their career.
- A career that gives back: Working in the healthcare industry is rewarding in a multitude of ways. Healthcare professionals are essential to the well-being of our human race. Being responsible for saving the life of a patient is clearly rewarding in ways words cannot fully describe. However, healthcare can be financially rewarding as well. While salaries obviously vary based on various factors, they are typically quite competitive compared to other fields.
A career in the healthcare field
As we’ve mentioned, there are factors in our society that are influencing the growth of the healthcare industry. Once the pandemic subsides, these will remain. If you are looking for a job in a field that is in constant need of talented, compassionate employees, that offers the flexibility to work in a location of your choice, and allows you unlimited advancement potential all while providing financial security, than choose a career in the healthcare field. Once you choose your field and have your license, we want to hear from you! Opportunities are waiting!