Published on July 4th, 2013 | by KateSimmons


Tips On How To Choose A Career In The Healthcare System

Whatever your career choice may be there is a lot of planning that is needed ahead of time with selecting a career including finances and how much time it takes to finish your education. When considering a career the healthcare system, take into consideration the following tips for a successful journey towards your profession.

Selecting a Health Care Profession

When selecting a healthcare profession, there are many different areas to consider as far as being certified in one area or receiving your doctorate. Just a handful of potential careers include:

  • Nutrition
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Occupational Therapy

The list goes on. Websites and books with further information on your potential career are great resources.  For a hands on experience it is best to shadow someone in a profession you are interested in learning about.  For some careers, such as Occupational Therapy, it is necessary to complete a certain number of hours in order to be accepted into an education program. Shadowing someone in their profession may be a good eye opener for you as well if you decide a certain career may not be right for you and begin to consider a different profession.

Preparing for a Health Care Profession

After you have selected a health care profession that you are interested in, the next step would be to think about where you want to receive your education. For an Associate degree or Certification, community or technical colleges offer classes in these fields. If you are interested in a Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctorate degree then you should look into colleges or universities. If you need transfer credits or wish to learn from home, can help in your profession as well.

After completing the necessary courses and clinical hours, selecting where you want to work will be the next step towards a health care profession. Besides a hospital and depending on what your chosen profession is, there are many employment opportunities with your background. Often schools whether elementary through high school or at a college will need workers skilled in nursing, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology.

Taking part in the military is another way to explore or practice a health care profession as well. The Air Force, Army, and Navy all provide the opportunity for scholarships in dental, optometry, medical, osteopathic, nursing, and anesthetist practices. For those who wish to enlist while learning a profession and serving their country, joining the military is a good way to practice your profession. Participating in the military can also help to cover any tuition expenses for your education.

Other Career Options at Health Care Facilities

If a health care profession may not be what you are interested in, there are still many opportunities to work at a health care facility. Just like other organizations, hospitals and other healthcare centers will need management to run the facilities and there are many business opportunities including:

  • Health Care Administration Generalists
  • Health Care Administration Specialists for areas such as:
    • Policy Analysis
    • Finance, Accounting, and Budgeting
    • Human Resources
    • Marketing

A Volunteer Coordinator is also a possibility for a career at a healthcare center. Hospitals also will need volunteers deliver flowers, work in the mail room, or help patients with wheelchairs.

Whether you are interested in a healthcare profession or working at a healthcare center, the possibilities are endless. Begin to look at careers by doing research, take part in job shadowing a professional and with the right education and a good work ethic, you will find a profession in healthcare that is right for you.

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