Plenty of people have gone to school and were ready to launch their career, or second career, and found that there weren’t any jobs available. And if there were, they were ultra-competitive or offered lower-than-hoped-for salaries. What’s a woman to do if she wants a stable career, a solid paycheck and the satisfaction of being in demand?
In its Occupational Outlook Handbook, the Labor Department projects job growth for more than 800 jobs, and 17 of the 30 fastest-growing jobs are in health care-related fields. In fact, during our recent recession, the Labor Department reports, health care is the only major industry category that saw growth continue virtually uninterrupted.
Take a look at the world of health care. According to HospitalRecruiting.com, the highest paid nurses, for example, are making $96K. Nurses aren’t the only ones making bank – there are dozens of health-care jobs requiring 2-6 years of training making good money.
Women looking for a career path with stability and opportunity should look at health care jobs for a number of reasons. Health care jobs often have good starting salaries, they tend to be more flexible than traditional Monday through Friday 9 – 5 jobs, benefit packages are often generous and most of all, many people find health care to be a personally rewarding career.
Registered nurses are just one type of healthcare provider; there are plenty of other careers from which to choose – even if you aren’t a people person or you can’t stand the sight of blood. Here are the basics on some careers that might just be the perfect fit for you:
- Phlebotomists, medical professionals who draw blood from patients for various lab tests and procedures, require a high school diploma and a few weeks of training.
- Medical assistants often work in doctor’s offices and perform clerical duties, phlebotomy, and may assist with medical recordkeeping as well. Training programs are about 6 months long.
- An ultra sonographer performs a variety of diagnostic imaging tests using high-frequency ultrasound waves. They earn a 2 year degree.
- Medical lab technicians analyze tissue and fluid samples in labs in hospitals, clinics, biotech companies and research firms. They may be certified and require 18-24 months of training.
- Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) are state-licensed caregivers who undergo 18-24 months of training and often work in nursing homes. Their scope of practice is more limited than registered nurses
- Registered nurses (RNs) have graduated from a nursing program (either 2 or 4 years) have passed a state board examination, and are licensed by the state.
- A physician assistant (PA) can provide a wide range of services and work under the supervision of a Doctor of Medicine (MD) or a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO). They typically require an additional two years of training following a bachelor’s degree.
Whether you want to go to school for a few weeks or a few years, you can enter the exciting world of health care. There are literally dozens of other careers in healthcare to consider. Plus, once you get your foot in the door, many employers are willing to help you fund additional training, often in exchange for a commitment to work for that company for a specified time period.
Want to learn more? Check out www.hospitalrecruiting.com for the inside scoop on healthcare careers.