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Health Care Career Guide.

>> Self Assessment

If you answered YES to six or less of the questions the health care field might not be the right career for you.

This does not mean that you are not suited to a career in health care. You may find with further research that there is a career in heath care that does suit your interests. In order to learn more about the types of careers available in health care you can surf this website to learn about different careers. You can talk to people in your community that work in health care and ask them questions about their jobs; You can get involved with job shadowing; talk to your school careers counselor; talk to friends or relatives that work in health care. There are so many options available in health care - you may find one that fits you, too.

Points to consider:

Do you have what it takes? Each health care field has its own specific demands on your interests, abilities, and education, but there are some qualities that are necessary for all health care professions. You've got to be a certain kind of person to work well in health care: one who is cooperative, mature, responsible, and accurate.

You may be working one-on-one with a single patient or assisting other health professionals, either way you are still always part of a team. It's important to be able to express yourself and your opinions to others and to be able to take their ideas into consideration. Most importantly you must remember the patient's well being is the most important goal. Cooperation is a necessity in all heath careers. You need to be mature and responsible in your actions because people depend on you.

In some health careers, you will be working with patients at different stages in their illness, or rehabilitation. In others, you won't be working with patients directly, and in some cases you won't work with patients at all.  Some careers will find you working in a hospital or clinical setting. Some careers may have you working in a school, a nursing home, industry, or even in an office of your own.

Okay, so which one?

The choices are many and varied, so how do you decide which career in healthcare might be right for you? Your options can be divided into categories based on some of your general interests and skills.

  • If your interest lies in computers and communication and you have a flair for art, design, or words then the field of medical communications and illustration may be for you. Desktop publishing, writing, and even video and audio production are utilized in various health care fields. You might develop pieces that can be used for medical education, policies and procedures, or patient education. Consider the following jobs: Health Educator, Health Science Librarian, Medical Illustrator, Medical Photographer or Medical Writer.

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