4 Professions in the Medical Field to Consider Going Into

Healthcare is a fundamental requirement for a healthy and productive life. Every individual will at one point need the services of a doctor, a diagnostics exam, a nurse, a prescription, or a hospital bed. Statistics indicate that out of eight Americans, one will serve in a healthcare-related area. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics also goes on to state that there are 16 million-plus jobs that are connected to the $2.7 trillion dollar industry. Projections are also indicating an estimate of 5.6 million jobs to be created by 2021. According to reports from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, there has been a healthy increase in healthcare-related careers from the year 2014.

The Insufficient availability of professional healthcare providers participating indirect patient care in the developed countries has been a major course of alarm for several years. For example, the Bureau of Labor and Statistics confidently estimates that nursing services demand will significantly increase between 2016 and 2026. This translates to 1.1 million new job vacancies for licensed nurses. The shortage of nurses will mostly be caused by the retirement of 55% of the existing nursing pool in the coming future.

Nursing may be the initial medical career to come to mind. However, there are other equally crucial clinical professions needed in the future.

Physician Assistant

We all understand that there is a shortage of nurses the world over, including in the United States. What’s not widely discussed and equally alarming, is the unavailability of enough physicians. Statistics reports from American Medical College indicates that by the year 2030, there will be a demand for additional physicians ranging from 42,600 and 121,300. It takes around ten years to adequately train a physician. However, it only takes two to three years to train a licensed, certified Physician Assistant. The profession has been ranked the second-best healthcare job and third in the best jobs rankings back in 2018. Further estimates indicate that almost 40,000 new Physician Assistant jobs will be available from 2016 to 2026.

Family Nurse Practitioner

Back in 2018, the U.S. News & World Report ranked this particular career as the third Best Health Care Job. Nurse Practitioners take up a very crucial role in giving healthcare services in different specialty areas ranging from pediatric, family, psychiatric, education, geriatric, and public health. In some states, the Family Nurse Practitioners are involved in treating patients with complications ranging from chronic to acute care of the patient. Family nurse practitioners are skilled to handle patient histories, order treatments, conduct physical and medical examinations and offer prescriptions. Their skills are mostly utilized by outpatient facilities, physician clinics, local hospitals, federal and state agencies. To be a recognized Family nurse practitioner, you are required to be a graduate from a recognized program and be licensed and certified by the state. Most universities and colleges offer accelerated courses for bachelor prepared nurses to gain a degree in MSN-NP online.

Physical Therapist

Having a degree in Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) will definitely place any healthcare professional in one of the major medical careers in the near future. Developing and working with rehabilitative programs, to help patients who have experienced a stroke, neurological disorders, amputations, severe brain injuries, or injuries related to work, physical therapists professionals are on the front line of medical careers.

The U.S News & World Reports ranked this field at number 10 on the Best Health Care Jobs and number 13 in the Best Jobs category. Statistics indicate that 60,000 or more job vacancies related to this field will emerge within the next ten years. This is an excellent career option for those candidates with a bachelor’s degree with a background study in kinesiology, anatomy, biomechanics, physiotherapy, neuroscience, etc. Going into the medical field also exposes one to advanced technology like caretracker software. This is beneficial on one’s resume.

Athletic Trainer

Athletic trainers will definitely realize an increase in job opportunities in physical and rehabilitation institutions, fitness centers, hospitals, and the education arena in the near future. According to the U.S. News & World Report, the biggest employment opportunities for athletic trainers will be realized in healthcare. A candidate needs to hold a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university/college. Athletic trainers offer vital services like an evaluation of injuries, emergency care, obesity, injury prevention, and coming up with essential programs or exercises for patients, industrial workers, and athletes. The trainers must be licensed and certified by their state of origin to practice. Masters degrees on the same are also available online.

The belief that you must have a degree in medicine to have a career in healthcare couldn’t be more wrong. The advancement of medical technology has also seen the emergence of a wide range of professional healthcare providers, ranging from scientists to technicians. There are also some marvelous futuristic medical careers that are not mentioned here, which will continuously keep medical professions at the forefront of job opportunities. 

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