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.