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An Aging Population Calls Out for More Medical Professionals

21 NOV 2012
Career Path : Healthcare

Your career should be in a field that you look forward to working in everyday, and it should challenge you while providing opportunities for you to grow. It should also be able to provide for you and your family. If for some reason your current state of employment does not meet this criterion, you should consider a career change. One area offering employment that is both rewarding and fulfilling is the medical field.

 

The medical world is currently experiencing a severe shortage of qualified workers, and is desperate to hire individuals with the right experience and certification. Unfortunately, most people don’t think that they possess the proper credentials—in fact, the majority of people don’t attempt a career in the field of medicine simply for that reason. Meanwhile, there are approximately 78 million baby boomers about to retire, all of whom are aging, increasing the need for medical attention at a rapid rate.

 

According to the World Health Organization, the aging of the baby boomer is only one reason for the shortage of healthcare workers that the nation is experiencing. Other influential reasons include the aging of the current healthcare workers, and the lack of employees in fields related to the medical industry. These employees aren’t limited to nurses, pharmacists and doctors. The shortage applies to cleaners, cooks, and bookkeepers—or any other field related to the medical world (i.e. required to make medical operations run smoothly). The problem is that once there is a shortage in one field, there is trouble in all of the fields (meaning the shortage affect everyone, regardless of profession), causing the entire medical net to be unstable in both its presentation and delivery to patients.

 

One particular example to draw upon are medical nurses. One of the greatest shortages lies in the nursing field, which comprises almost 10% of the entire medical world. Such a shortage could lead to poorly educated patients and the negligent care of sick individuals. Facing something like that is scary, which is why many institutions are offering higher salaries and greater benefits to their employees. So people looking to change career fields are wise to consider investing some research into the completion of a medically related career. From pharmacy technician training to studying to become a personal support worker (PSW), there is a great number of different medical careers.

 

Taking PSW courses is a great field to get into, and can help you get started in your medical career. Much like nursing, personal support workers help safeguard the rights of the elderly or impaired—it is a career that has much to offer in terms of both tangible and intangible rewards. Regardless of the field you choose, consider the medical industry before making a final decision. You might be surprised at the opportunity that awaits you.

 

Contact Algonquin Careers Academy for more information on medical office assistant training or other healthcare training programs.