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3 Tips For Health Careers

17 SEP 2013
Career Path : Healthcare

Jobs in the healthcare professions are some of the most secure in today’s uncertain economy. Healthcare professionals are needed in all parts of the country, they earn good salaries, and their jobs are less subject to downsizing than other jobs. If you are considering a health career, here are three tips to help you along the way:

1.   Decide which healthcare profession is your best fit;

2.   Lay a solid foundation by studying science and mathematics, and by developing strong communication skills;

3.   Find a career program that best suits your needs.

When you think about a career in healthcare, you might think first of being a doctor or a nurse. While these are the most easily recognized positions in healthcare delivery, there are many other fulfilling careers that might be better suited to your interests and education. If you are interested in interacting with patients face-to-face, consider being a medical assistant or an occupational therapist. If you have strong organizational skills, consider medical office management or health information technology.

There are many resources available to assist you in determining which health career is right for you.  You can go to your local library or online to find a variety of career guides. These will give detailed descriptions of the various jobs in healthcare, indicate what education is needed for each, and list which schools offer the right programs. You may also want to speak with a career counselor at school, either your high school or college.

When possible it is good to see what the actual work will be like before making your final decision about a career. Even volunteer work in a hospital or other medical facility will provide the opportunity to watch some of the day-to-day activity in the job that interests you. There are also summer programs or shadowing opportunities for serious prospective students in many healthcare fields.

A good educational foundation is necessary for a career in any of the health professions, whether it’s as a medical receptionist or nursing unit clerk training. You will need to take as many science courses as you can, from biology and chemistry to geology and physics. Studying mathematics is also essential, including the harder courses like algebra and trigonometry. To sharpen communication skills you might take English, composition, public speaking and even study a foreign language. Good computer skills are also a must.

Finally, you should take the time to find a program of study that suits your needs. Now that you’ve chosen a healthcare profession, your choice of school may be influenced by location, tuition costs and availability of financial aid. This applies, whether you are looking for nursing unit clerk or pharmacy technician training.  Now that you have selected a health career and laid the foundation of a good education, you are sure to find a program that will help you achieve success in a healthcare profession.

Visit Thompson Career College for more information on healthcare careers.