Healthcare is an industry that is growing exponentially; a generation which grew to be the largest at approximately 80 million has entered the age where utilizing healthcare professionals is a necessity. Unfortunately there is a shortage of healthcare professionals such as doctors, surgeons, and specialists, but for those who wish to enter into healthcare as a career path this is good news.
The choices of a career path to follow are many and varied; emergency medical professionals, general surgeons and those who have a specialty, pediatrics, elderly care, mental health professionals, foot care practitioners, massage therapists, the list is practically endless. With such a wide variety to choose from one may chose to combine interests such as one who enjoys music and also working with people; this person would make the perfect music therapist.
An Audiologist is one who helps those with hearing difficulties; using several different methods an Audiologist will test a patients hearing and also their balance, as balance is directly connected to the inner ear. Once the Audiologist has determined the extent of the damage to the ear they will administer treatment which could include the use of hearing aids, lip or sign language. Typically one who is looking to advance their career will also perform research and write papers in their field of specialty.
One who wishes to become an Anesthesiologist will find themselves at the higher end of the pay scale, with the median income being approximately $180,000 annually. This is the person who not only puts you to sleep for an operation, but ensures that the patient airways remain clear and also maintains pain management during the operation. An Anesthesiologist will work with a team of healthcare professionals to perform preoperative consultations, and help to create a plan specific to each individual patient.
No matter which career path you choose to follow if it is going to be in the healthcare industry there are some traits which are extremely desirable. Dependability is a must, as you are often working within a team of professionals who depend on you to perform. Empathy is another trait that is needed when dealing with the public; the ability to put yourself in another’s place will only serve to make you better at your job. Being able to communicate with other professionals and with patients is a must; these people are dependent upon you to tell them what they need to do, or which medications to take and when.
A career in the healthcare industry can be extremely rewarding, but can also be physically and emotionally draining. Those who do best in this type of work environment have emotional stability in their own lives, which better equips them to deal with suffering, traumatic situations and sometimes death. Anyone in the healthcare industry must remember to take time out to recharge; if a person gives on a continual basis without taking a moment to receive, they will become run down and prone to illness.