Anyone who has provided the service of a caregiver and enjoyed the experience should consider a profession in the healthcare industry. Healthcare is a growing industry and is expected to continue to grow for the next 10 to 20 years. The baby boomer generation which are those born between 1946 and 1964 is the largest generation, encompassing approximately 80 million people. These individuals are now coming to the age where they are requiring the service of healthcare professionals such as doctors, surgeons, and specialists on a regular basis.
Statistics from the American Health Association point to the fact that by the year 2030 approximately 37 million baby boomers will be dealing with more than one health condition considered chronic. Approximately 14 million will be living day-to-day with diabetes, approximately 40 million will be dealing with the pains of arthritis and over 21 million will be classified as obese. Those who are classified as obese will be living with all of the health risks associated with obesity such as heart disease, bone deterioration, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and metabolic disorders.
This exponential rise in the elderly population will affect the healthcare industry for the next few decades. Careers in healthcare and those industries associated with healthcare are expected to grow more than any other industries in the next couple of decades, with growth expected at approximately 11 percent. For those interested in joining the healthcare force this is very good news. There are literally hundreds of jobs available in relation to the healthcare industry such as emergency medical responders, medical transcriptionist, pediatric nurse, dental assistants, and nutritionists. With the many choices available, finding a career in healthcare can be fairly easy.
One choice for a natural caregiver would be a Nurse Anesthetist, which is a nurse who specializes in administering anesthesia to patients. One first needs to meet the requirement of becoming a registered nurse, and then additional schooling is required to become a CRNA or Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. This is one of the oldest nursing specialties is practice, with nurse anesthetist providing anesthesia during the American Civil War which took place from 1861 to 1865. A nurse anesthetist is among the higher paying jobs in healthcare with the median salary being approximately $150,000 annually.
Optometry is the healthcare profession which specializes in the eyes and anything related to them such as visual information processing, the structures related to vision, and visual systems. The majority of optometrists work in their own office, but some are employed at doctors’ offices as well as hospitals. Optometry can sometimes be challenging as many patients must be seen after normal work hours or on the weekends, but the work is very rewarding as well. For an optometrist who works in a hospital the reimbursements are typically greater than they would be in an office setting. A hospital is also a great place to network and obtain referrals.
Healthcare is a booming industry and will continue to be so for many years to come. The financial rewards of working in healthcare can be tremendous, as can the satisfaction of knowing that what you do every day is helping people to live their lives in better health.