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4 Reasons Why You Should Pursue a Career in Healthcare

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4 Reasons Why You Should Pursue a Career in Healthcare

Healthcare is one of the world’s fastest growing industries. ⁠In addition, other factors have also pushed the healthcare industry to expand rapidly — from alarming public health issues to an increase in health-consciousness among communities.

Healthcare sectors such as life sciences, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and services continue to generate many jobs for those who want to provide medical care to people. Indeed, the healthcare industry is thriving ⁠— but it still needs more professionals to provide adequate service to the general population.

If you’re not sure about your career choices, we’ve listed down four reasons why you should pursue a career in healthcare.

You get the chance to make a difference in people’s lives

Choosing a career in healthcare gives you the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives. You play an important part in improving a patient’s well-being by working with other healthcare practitioners to treat illnesses and diseases. Through this, you can make a huge impact on the families and communities that need immediate care. The potential to change and save lives makes a career in healthcare all the more fulfilling and worth it.

There’s a huge demand for healthcare workers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, some of the fastest-growing professions can be found in the healthcare industry ⁠— and this includes nurses, therapy assistants, and health service managers. This is partly driven by the high demand for healthcare workers across all sectors. For instance, as the aging population grows, workers aren't just needed in hospitals — but also community centers, nursing homes, and home healthcare settings.

To keep up, the education sector is responding to this high demand by offering fully remote healthcare programs. These allow students to pursue various specializations. For example, online geriatric medicine programs train students in the best ways to evaluate the needs of seniors in remote settings. Similarly, those who want to serve communities can take an RN to BSN program, which teaches them all about public health — such as how to collaborate with other organizations and assess patient health, to directing nursing teams. With the accessibility of these courses, more people can conveniently pursue a career in healthcare.

There’s a competitive earning potential

The great thing about choosing a career in healthcare is that you can potentially earn more than what the average American receives in a year. What’s more, your pay increases as you build your skills and receive supplemental training. But even as an entry-level employee, your earning and growth potential is better in healthcare compared to other fields, so that is a great incentive to pursue a career in this industry.

Healthcare jobs offer a certain amount of flexibility

Career stability and demand are especially crucial now. According to the Harvard Business Review, the world continues to experience a global recession, which may eventually worsen into economic depression. Thankfully, healthcare is a universal need. For this reason, healthcare professionals are in high demand in several places around the country, and even the world.

Like we mentioned, they aren't confined to the hospital and health center setting. In fact, you don't even have to be limited to healthcare specifically. For example, nurses work in all areas of medicine, so they can easily find jobs in in-house clinics of private companies all over the country. For those who'd rather work behind the scenes, you also have the option to pursue research or work in labs.

If you're passionate about helping others, you should definitely consider a career in healthcare. Check out job opportunities with Antelope Valley Hospital at: https://www.avhospital.org/careers/

Written exclusively for Avhospital.org
by Arlene Chip