Healthcare Industry, Meet Education Industry
The health care industry is the largest, fastest growing industry in the United States. The baby boomer generation is aging, the population is increasing, and medical reform is one of the grandest issues in the world on a technological, governmental, and international level. And there’s only one way the health care industry can keep up with this kind of growth: by shaking hands with the education industry.
The demand for health care workers is high, and educational institutions are teeming with programs to meet the order. Here are ten of the many ways the education industry prepares students for entry-level jobs in the health care industry:
- American medical schools that accept applicants based on the MCAT
- Offshore medical schools from the Caribbean, Israel, and more, also based on the MCAT
- Traditional, 4-year campus degree programs from government institutions
- Traditional, 4-year campus degree programs from private institutions
- Accelerated campus degree programs from private institutions
- Online degree programs from private institutions
- Associate degree, 2-year, or vocational training programs from community colleges
- Associate degree, 2-year, or vocational training programs from private institutions
- Master degree programs from government institutions
- Master degree programs from private institutions
There are also internship opportunities and on-the-job training at medical facilities. Most of these internships are integrated right into these different educational options available so that entry-level medical professionals have the knowledge and hands-on training needed to succeed their specialized occupation.
Prospective students for the health care industry come from high school graduates and adult learner backgrounds alike. Prospective students interested in the health care industry are encouraged to:
- Research all options available; doctors are only one facet of the health care industry! Look into programs for nursing, assistants, office workers, billing and coding specialists, and more.
- Consider the method of learning that fits right with current obligations. Adult learners can continue their full-time job with an online degree program, and recent high school graduates can look at traditional campuses or get started with their career right away with a vocational training school.
- Request information for several potential programs and speak with counselors at those programs’ schools to get an idea for what is the best option. Remember that education is an investment in yourself—the best investment you can possibly make—and should be approached with care.
- Look at the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the health care profession(s) that sound that most interesting and consider what future advancement opportunities are available. Are there master degree programs that can bolster your career in the future? Are you going back to school for a master degree program to bolster your current health care career, and if so, which master degree program is the right choice?
- Educate yourself on what certifications and licensures you will have to pass after completing school.
The health care industry is an exciting, rewarding, and fulfilling place to start a career, with a high demand and reliable job security. Hundreds of occupations are available, leaving a seemingly infinite amount of paths to take your professional goals.
If this sounds like the right thing for you, get started on your education to make your mark in the health care industry. You could acquire a health care position in as little as one year.