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Why Choose a Career in the Health Care Field?

Did you know that the health care field is one of the fastest-growing industries in America? According to the U.S. government, there are moreOperating Room than 16 million people employed right now in health professions across the country. And over the next 10 years, there will be at least another 4 million people hired to keep up with the demand for healthcare services.

Health careers offer a wide range of options for career seekers—from job duties to work setting to the length of training required. The sky is the limit whether it is

  • working directly with patients in hands-on care; processing lab and other test results; working with medical equipment or computers; handling the medical information that has to be shared between health care providers, insurance companies, and patients; or working on the business side of health care.
  • working in a hospital, clinic, office, or in people’s homes.
  • working 8-5 every day or flexible shifts that allow a person to set their own schedule.
  • working as an employee for a health care organization or becoming an entrepreneur and starting a business.

There are almost 50 careers in health care that do not require four years of college to get started.  Many careers have from a few weeks to only a year or two of training. There are many careers that allow young people to work their way up through education and training at their own pace. If your son or daughter chooses to study in health care, they will have many options to choose a career that is a good fit for them.

Pursuing an education to get a health-related degree, license, or certificate is one of the best things your child can do. Here are just a few reasons why:

  • Because the health care industry is generally not affected by the economy since people who are sick or elderly will always require care.
  • Because many of these professions have lots of jobs available.
  • Because there is a need for people who speak more than one language.
  • Because a four-year degree is not the only option to start working as a medical professional. Many careers require only a year or two of training.
  • Because it is possible to get a good position and work while going to college or raising a family.
  • Because several health careers, like nursing, offer education options that allow your child to complete their training in smaller steps. 
  • Because there are lots of ways to get financial assistance to pay for college and training for your child.


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