If you listen to the news media on a typical night you could find yourself getting depressed about the perceived lack of jobs, but take heart. While many industries have not grown significantly over the past few years there is one industry that has, and is expected to continue growing. Healthcare professionals are needed all around the world; it’s just a matter of what you wish to specialize in and where you would like to practice.
As many already know, the baby boomer generation is causing a significant increase in those seeking healthcare on a regular basis. In America alone, approximately four million babies were born nine months after the end of World War II. In the years between 1946 and 1964 there was the greatest leap in population than there had ever been before, and now those babies are aging to the point of needing healthcare professionals on a regular basis; couple that with the fact that the world population is growing every second and one can begin to understand why healthcare professionals are needed.
One of the great things about working in healthcare is the monetary compensation; healthcare professionals are among the highest paid of all industries. However one must also keep in mind that working in healthcare can be extremely draining, both physically and mentally. A healthcare professional is dealing with sickness, trauma and death on a regular basis, and only those who are emotionally stable will be truly successful in this type of career.
If surgical technique is of interest one way to get a foot in the door is to become a Surgical Technician. A surgical technician or “scrub tech” is one who assists in the operating room, preparing the room for surgery, ensuring that instruments are sterile, preparing the patient by draping them, and handing surgical instruments to doctors and nurses when requested. They may also deal with sutures, take specimens for evaluation, and help patients into the recovery area. There are many vocational schools that offer surgical technician programs which can take as little as nine months, or one can opt to work towards a two-year associates’ degree.
Another option for one interested in healthcare is to become an Ultrasound Technician. This option could be good for someone who is uneasy around needles but still loves helping people. An Ultrasound Technician will need to attend school and receive a certificate from an accredited program, or obtain an associate’s degree. Many hospitals offer programs to become an ultrasound technician, as does the Armed Forces. Pay depends on the amount of education one has and increases exponentially when the individual trains in a specialty field, such as cardiac, vascular, or Obstetrics to name a few. One must also enjoy working with a wide variety of people very closely, and be able to stand for long hours at a time.
Anyone who genuinely enjoys working with people should consider a career in healthcare; monetarily the benefits are great, and on a personal level the job satisfaction rate is outstanding.