What It’s Like to Work in the Health Care Industry
April 19, 2011
If you have dedication, patience, compassion and a desire to help people, you’re a great candidate for health care work. What is your passion? No matter what drives you, there is a role for you in the health care industry. Within each medical specialty, jobs are available for any level of education or experience. If you’re considering a career in health care, there’s good news: even in our current economic condition, health care workers are in high demand across the country. There’s an urgent need for health practitioners in medically under-served areas, which often are in rural communities or inner-city neighborhoods; and the demand is only expected to increase because of the rapid growth in the elderly population. Additionally, health care offers a wide range of jobs in both clinical and non-clinical areas.
Each health career requires different skill sets and personality traits. Most roles require excellent interpersonal and communication skills, some level of technical or mathematic capacity, and a strong work ethic. Additionally, most medical jobs require a great deal of responsibility and maturity. Your patient’s well- being, and even their lives could depend on the quality of your work. If you are a person who loves to learn new things, that will also help you succeed as a health care professional, because the medical field changes constantly with the development of new technology, advanced procedures and treatments, and even new diseases.
Here are some reasons to consider a career in health care: it is a secure career path, the starting salaries are generally good, with flexible work schedules, excellent benefits and enjoyable working conditions. A medical career is extremely rewarding; however, you may experience high levels of stress, and the field requires a great deal of commitment, endurance and hard work.
How to get ready:
A high school diploma or a general education degree (or the equivalent) is often necessary. Training and education programs are available to get you started, help improve your skills and advance your career.
You might work in an HMO, community health center, mobile clinic, long-term care facility, private practice office, or a patient’s home. You might also be part of a small staff or a huge organization, working at the national, regional, state or local level in a corporate, non-profit or government office. The possibilities in this field are almost endless.
What can you expect to earn?
Average salary – $9.85 to $23.99 per hour