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Health Care Career
>> Self Assessment
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
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.
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 you like direct, hands-on
work with people you might be suited to one of the rehabilitative
specialties like Audiologist,
Certified Athletic Trainer,
Assistant, Physical Therapy,
Assistant, Recreational Therapist, Rehabilitation Counselor,
Speech-Language Pathologist or Therapeutic Recreation Specialist.
You will be working closely with patients one-on-one, but also with
their families and other medical professionals in a variety of
settings such as hospitals, clinics, homes, and schools. These
careers are considered 'diagnostic specialties,' so if you enjoy
problem-solving this could be the right path for you.
- If you prefer less direct
patient contact but enjoy operating and handling different types of
mechanical equipment or if you have an interest in inventing and
design. , jobs such as Nuclear Medicine Technologist, Radiation
Therapist, Radiological Technologist,
Technologist, Orthotist and Prosthetist, Perfusionist or
Surgical Technology may be just
the thing. You might consider such positions as nuclear medicine or
surgical, cardiac, or respiratory technology.
- If you posses organizational
skills, are business minded, efficient, and like the
behind-the-scenes aspects then health administration, health
services management, or medical records could be for you. Computer
skills are vital in documentation, systems analysis, billing, and
record keeping. Software development for healthcare providers is a
need you might fill in your work as a computer specialist. Consider
the following: Health
Information Administrator, Health Information Technology,
Health Unit Coordinator,
Medical Coding Specialist,
Health Care Administrator,
Health Educator or Health
Care Public Relations.
- If you are self-motivated and
able to work alone, you should consider clinical lab sciences such
Medical Laboratory Technician,
- 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 Science Librarian,
Medical Photographer or
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