Now that your children are in school for most of the day, you may have thought about going back to school yourself, re-establishing the career track you started before you decided to get married and have kids, or just entering the workforce to bring in some extra money.
There’s certainly nothing wrong with taking a cashier position at Trader Joe’s or JoAnn Fabrics or pursuing a degree in early childhood education or information technology. But have you considered a career in the healthcare industry? Read on for some convincing reasons to do so.
1 There’s a Growing Need for Nurses and Other Medical Professionals
As the Baby Boomer generation ages, the need for qualified medical professionals is growing. Add to that the fact that many Boomers who currently work in health care are reaching retirement age — it is projected that approximately one million RNs will hang up their stethoscopes by 2030 — and you can see that nurses and other professionals are going to be in short supply before we know it.
If you have ever thought about going to nursing school, now is a good time to make that dream a reality. Or maybe you earned your nursing degree before starting your family, but now want to advance within the field, and all that remains is to decide between degrees, for example, an MSN vs. DNP
2. Medical Careers Offer a Great Deal of Flexibility
As your children grow, you gradually get a bit more time during the day, but it’s often still necessary to pick up your kids from school or to be at home when they disembark from the bus. It can be difficult, therefore, to hold down a traditional 8-5 job.
Patients, however, don’t start being sick at 8 o’clock on the dot, nor do they cease needing care at the end of the business day. That results in a fair amount of flexibility when it comes to a career in the health care sector.
Some positions, like being a visiting nurse or home health care aid, allow you to set your own hours. And there are even opportunities to work from home if you choose to be a medical transcriptionist or medical coder.
3. There is a Huge Range of Specialties
Within the health care field are numerous specialties and job opportunities. If you enjoy working with children, you could consider a career as a pediatric nurse or a dental hygienist. Or you could work in a school as a nurse, occupational therapist, or speech/language pathologist.
Similarly, an interest in food and nutrition could lead to a career as a dietician, while an affinity for working with older patients will help you get a job in a nursing home, assisted living facility or memory care facility.
There are even a number of medical and healthcare-related positions that are not patient-facing but nevertheless provide valuable services behind the scenes. A few examples of these include clinical laboratory technologists, biomedical equipment technicians, pharmacy assistants, and healthcare technology professionals.
4. The Pay is Nothing to Sneeze At, Either
Average salaries for medical professionals and health care providers vary widely, depending on the position, your education and experience, the geographic location, and other factors. But on the whole, working in the health care industry is a pretty lucrative way to make a living.
Medical sonographers earn about $67K annually, physician’s assistants bring home approximately $108,000, and registered nurses’ salaries hover around the $70K mark.
Naturally, salaries increase proportionately to one’s level of education as well as experience. But there are numerous positions in this industry that don’t require extensive schooling but that also earn a decent living wage.
5. Medical Careers Are a Satisfying Way to Make a Living
Sure, there are some doctors who are just in it for the prestige and the paycheck, but by and large, everyone in the health care field genuinely cares about the patients they serve. It can be incredibly rewarding to help soothe a scared child as she has her broken arm set, to relieve a chronic arthritis sufferer’s pain, or to show a pregnant woman what her baby looks like via ultrasound technology.
That’s not to say that nurses, medical assistants, physical therapists and other practitioners don’t have their fair share of stress and frustration on the job. However, almost everyone who works in these capacities says that the satisfaction they get from their job is well-worth the minor hassles.
Have we convinced you that a career as a medical professional is worth looking into? Are you already employed in a health-care related position, but looking to grow your career? What aspects of health care are the most appealing to you? We’d love to hear your thoughts, so comment down below!