Its shocking how many reports there are all the time saying how good the economy is doing and that the recession is behind us. Well anyone who has a family to shop for or even themselves for that matter knows that that’s the biggest joke going. Maybe the stock market is doing well because there playing with monopoly money, but the rest of us don’t have a printing press in the basement. We actually go to jail for doing that!
I don’t think there is a person in this country who has not been affected in some way by the downturn in the economy. It doesn’t matter weather you were someone who had a high paying job or someone who made minimum wage, everyone has felt the effects. Many people from all socioeconomic backgrounds have lost their jobs and have been unable to find suitable employment since.
A great variety of industries have seen cutbacks and have had to trim their payrolls in order to stay in business. We have all watched the monthly job report numbers come out and have been repeatedly disappointed by the lack of job creation. You may be one of those people who have searched tirelessly for a new job only to end up with the same results.
The thing is not all industries are cutting back, in fact areas of this economy are rapidly expanding and are desperate to hire trained individuals for careers with very competitive salaries. If you have not yet figured out where all these jobs are I will fill you in. It is in health care that you will find explosive growth along with an accelerating need for trained workers.
Due to the fact that we have an aging population, where senior citizens will soon be the majority, there is an ever expanding need to serve this population’s health care needs. I would be hard pressed to name an area within medicine where there is not an above average growth percentage. The jobs in this field all require some sort of training, whether it be through a certification or degree program. Some training can last only a few months as in the case of a phlebotomist or can be a four year bachelors program as is needed to become a medical lab technologist.
Many of these jobs require a decent amount of patient interaction, therefore it is advisable to take this into consideration before starting down a particular career path. There are certain personality traits that you should have if you want to have a happy healthy career. Most importantly I feel you need to have a certain level of compassion and patience. You will be dealing with some sick patients who are very stressed and may not always be in the best of moods. If you are not able to keep a good perspective on why you chose this job and what these people are going through, you will not have a good experience nor will the patients.
Its understandable that everyone needs a paycheck but choosing the right career is paramount to being happy. The salary of many of these healthcare jobs is very good, but that should not be the only factor that you use to decide your path. You must consider what you will actually be doing on your job. A phlebotomist is the person who draws blood and tissue samples from patients. If you have an aversion to blood, you probably would not want to pick this career.
On the other hand, a pharmacy technician does not deal with bodily fluids at all but rather pharmaceutical drugs. They help prepare and fill prescriptions under the guidance of a licensed pharmacist.
Both of these jobs are examples of health care careers, but there differ greatly in what the job consists of. One thing that is common in most healthcare jobs is a need to be vigilant and attentive to small details. A lab technician cannot afford to mislabel a test tube nor can a nurse forget to give a patient a required medication.
A great resource for finding your niche in this industry would be Career Trove. This site gives breakdowns of many healthcare and non-health care careers including job descriptions, training, education as well as salary information. I highly recommend checking it out as it can make your decision process much easier.
Choosing a career is one of the most important decisions you have to make in your life. Far too many people go to school and embark on a career for all the wrong reasons. These people end up living unfulfilled lives and are mostly unhappy. Before making any decisions on a career choice and schooling, one should always make sure that their priorities are in check.
There many factors that go into choosing a career. You have to consider that this is something that you will be doing for a good part of your life and if you’re not happy with your choice life could become a drag. Most people make these decisions when they are still rather young usually around the second year of college when they must decide on a major.
Most people try and pick a career appears to spark their interest and this is not a bad strategy as you want to do something that has more meaning than just providing an income. But digging a little deeper finding out some facts about this career can help avoid some pitfalls in the future.
Examining the health of the industry as a whole, as well as job trends within each sector of that industry is invaluable. You do not want to start a career or attempt to start a career in an industry that a shrinking as there will be few jobs available with non-competitive salaries.
Finding a job within an industry that is growing above the national average is a great starting strategy for filtering through available careers. Not only will you be finding something that you will enjoy doing, but you will guarantee that you will not have an issue finding employment after graduating.
When applying for jobs within a rapidly growing industry, it usually means that you will have a choice as to where you could work, as well as enjoy a competitive salary. In some cases you will even be able to negotiate a better salary because workers are in demand which puts you in a great position.
Always take the time to do a little investigating before making any decision but especially when choosing a career weather you were young and just starting out or already established looking to make a change.