Getting Started

The United States has millions of healthcare careers ready to be filled every single day. According to the Department of Labor, the healthcare industry is expected to grow 33 percent, which equates to 5.7 million new jobs. The medical field is going to be responsible for providing 28 percent of new jobs in the country. With all of the baby boomers growing older and life expectancies increasing, it’s no wonder the industry is growing.

When choosing a career in health, it’s important to consider a few factors, so you end up with the right one.

Personality

You don’t have to be a people person to help people with their health. You do need to have compassion for people and want to ensure they receive the best medical care possible. Determine if you have this drive inside of you, and then decide if you want to work with patients directly or indirectly. If you believe working with patients one-on-one is what you’ll love to do, consider these careers:


  • Physician
  • Dietician
  • Nurse
  • Dentist
  • Counselor
  • Specialist
  • Optometrist
  • Physical Therapist
  • ….and so many more

If you want to work in the background and just influence the medical care patients receive by orchestrating the operations of the medical facility, you’d likely enjoy working as a:

  • Medical Records Technician
  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Healthcare Administrator
  • Coding Specialist
  • Research Scientist
  • …and many others.

Salary

If salary is the most important part of your career, you’ll want to focus on the ones that are known to pay the most. These are some of the highest paying healthcare careers:

  • Anesthesiologists
  • Surgeons
  • Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • Physicians
  • Psychiatrists
  • Pediatricians

Education

There are healthcare careers for every education level. If you have a high school diploma, you could work as a dental assistant, home health aide, or medical assistant. If you have a two year associate’s degree, you could become a dental hygienist, diagnostic medical sonographer, respiratory therapist, or radiologic technologist. If you seek a four year degree, you might be able secure a job as a clinical trial manager, pharmaceutical sales representative, transplant coordinator, or radiologist. With a master’s degree, you could end up becoming a health administrator, speech-language pathologist, or occupational therapist.

With all of these considerations, you can narrow down the choices for healthcare careers quite easily. Simply search for jobs that fit your personality, salary desires, education level, and you’ll have a good list of careers to choose from. Read through the details of each career, and as you do, it’s quite likely you’ll start to favor some over others.

If you’re unsure of how your personality will affect your job satisfaction or you’re not thinking about salary or education, just browse all of the healthcare careers we have on the site. You’ll soon find yourself gravitating towards one specialty and imagine yourself working some of the jobs. The ones you can see yourself in, are the ones you should look into further, and start to consider them. Compare the educational or training requirements, and if they are similar, you may even be able to start that, so you can learn more about the field to solidify your decision.

All of the information we provide on Health Career Explorer is to help you succeed in choosing a career in the medical field. Take advantage of this resource and start planning for a rewarding future of providing quality healthcare.