With this year nearly in the rearview mirror, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about what the future holds in the new year ahead. For many people, it’s also a great time to decide what field of study you want to pursue for your future career. After all, the new year can be your time to bring that new career into focus. If you are dreaming of a career in the growing healthcare industry, you’ve got plenty of reasons to start your path to bringing that career aspiration to life. There are so many reasons to turn your dream of a career in healthcare into a reality in the year that lies ahead.
Long-term job security
The healthcare industry is expected to add about 2 million new jobs by 2031.* That’s just new jobs. There is also the growth that comes from the need to replace workers who retire or leave their jobs for other reasons. Considering the world will always need healthcare, job security is looking pretty solid for the foreseeable future.
One of the best things about the healthcare industry is the variety of different career paths to choose from in both patient care and animal care. If you’re all about patient care and helping people up close and personally, there are a ton of jobs that fill that desire, from nurses and medical assistants to ultrasound technologists, sonographers, dental assistants, and more. If you prefer a more behind-the-scenes role that doesn’t include a lot of patient interaction, the healthcare industry has plenty of administrative roles too. If, however, you have a desire to help animals you can use your passion for healthcare by providing care to a variety of animals in a role as a veterinary assistant.
Good pay and benefits
The median average wage for healthcare workers is $75,040, which is around 61% higher than all other occupations in the U.S. Not to mention companies that are in the healthcare industry are probably more likely to offer employee benefits like healthcare coverage.
Personal growth and development
Working in the healthcare industry means you’ll have opportunities to expand your education and continue learning and developing throughout your career. That can also lead to career advancement, more money, and an overall sense of pride in your accomplishments.
Speaking of pride
You get that added bonus of becoming a healthcare hero who has the respect of the community. It’s safe to say that people working in the healthcare profession are some of the most respected workers out there.
The amazing feeling of helping people
Is exactly that, amazing! No matter what your role is in healthcare, you will be part of a team of dedicated professionals with the same goal. Which is to help patients.
Training can be faster than you think
Since there are so many different sides to healthcare and patient care, there are a variety of jobs within the industry that don’t necessarily require a traditional four-year university education. For specialties such as medical assisting, diagnostic sonography, dental assisting and others, training can be completed in far less time, putting you on the path to earning faster.
So, as you enjoy the holiday season and start planning for the year to come, make this the year you go after your dream of working in the world of healthcare. If you’d like to learn more about healthcare careers, check out the variety of patient care programs at Caris College. Contact us today for more information or schedule a tour to connect with our admissions team who will help you prepare for your healthcare career aspirations in 2023!