How to Figure Out Your Perfect Healthcare Career
A healthcare career is one of the most rewarding paths you will find. Not only do you get to help people, but you also have job security wherever you live and plenty of chances to progress.
According to the 2015 BLS.gov Occupational Outlook Handbook, 11 of 21 fastest growing occupations between now and 2022 are in the healthcare field:
If you’re thinking about getting a healthcare degree, you’ll first need to decide what kind of role you want. Do you prefer working with people, managing and organizing, or using computers? If you can answer this question, you’re well on your way to choosing the right degree.
You also need to figure out how much time and money you can spend on your education. No matter where you’re at in your healthcare career, there are degree options to help you get ahead.
Break into the healthcare industry
If you want to start a healthcare career and get working as soon as possible, an associate’s degree in medical specialties is a great choice. With this degree, you may find a job as a nursing or medical assistant, pharmacy technician, or billing and coding professional. Studying medical specialties is also a good way to figure out if you have more specific interests in healthcare.
Getting a bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration will give you a chance to work in the healthcare system. You may enjoy this career track if you are organized, detail-oriented, and interested in the business side of things.
Both of these degrees will prepare you for entry-level jobs as well as a higher-level of study. Keep going with your education right away, or take some time to learn on the job and decide what you want to do next.
Move up in your nursing career
Do you enjoy working with patients as an RN? If you like being a nurse but are ready to find new job opportunities, think about getting a bachelor’s degree in nursing*. This program will help you learn more about the healthcare system and how nursing fits into the bigger picture, and may also create new job prospects.
Do you wish you’d picked up additional skills while you were in school? You may find you want to design academic and job training programs to educate other nurses. As a nurse educator, you may mentor newer healthcare professionals in teaching hospitals and improve clinical standards.
Or maybe you want to move away from direct patient care into administration. As a nurse administrator, you could find opportunities to manage nursing staff, ensure cost efficiency, and develop new health policies.
Jump into management
Healthcare jobs don’t always involve working with patients. Some professionals focus more on how organizations are run. Healthcare administrators, for instance, are sometimes responsible for patient records, budgeting, human resources, and other tasks that help organizations succeed. You might choose to get a bachelor’s degree or–if you already have experience in the field–a master’s degree* in healthcare administration.
Tech is also important for successful healthcare organizations. As healthcare becomes more and more reliant on electronic records, databases, and IT systems, there are lots of job possibilities for people with the training to oversee these tools.
If you’re interested in the uses of technology in healthcare, computer science, data collection and analysis, and effective management of medical information, healthcare informatics may be your path.
*These programs are offered only online through our affiliated institution, Independence University.
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