Healthcare is a fast growing profession. I have several immediate family members who have entered into healthcare ranging from pediatrics, psychiatry, dentistry to veterinarian.
Employment of healthcare occupations is projected to grow 14 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 1.9 million new jobs. Healthcare occupations are projected to add more jobs than any of the other occupational groups. This projected growth is mainly due to an aging population, leading to greater demand for healthcare services.
The median annual wage for healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (such as registered nurses, physicians and surgeons, and dental hygienists) was $66,440 in May 2018, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations in the economy of $38,640.
Healthcare support occupations (such as home health aides, occupational therapy assistants, and medical transcriptionists) had a median annual wage of $29,740 in May 2018, lower than the median annual wage for all occupations in the economy. This is according to the US Dept. of Labor & Statistics (https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/home.htm).
I suggest that if you are interested in the healthcare field start your research now. Depending on the path you decide to take it could be a very long and expensive journey. You could start by visiting your local hospital and becoming a volunteer. Check to see if they have opportunities where you could shadow as a student explorer. I know when my son was in high school he was selected to participate in the schools' medical explorers program. This is a program where the students were selected to participate based on different criteria. These Explorers met once (1x) month for about 2 hours throughout each year and tag along side doctors in various areas of the hospital from emergency room, patient visits to the morgue. I can honestly say that my son had a great experience as a student medical explorer.
I wish you much success on your journey. Best of luck to you!
Sheila recommends the following next steps:
- Visit your local hospital. Ask them about volunteer opportunities and sign-up
- Check with your school career counselor to see if there are any student explorer opportunities in your local community