Guest post by Steve Conway.
The field of healthcare is one of the most fluid and fastest moving there is. Constant advances in our knowledge and technological capabilities mean that those who work in healthcare have a unique opportunity to experience the cutting edge of our endeavors in the field, and can apply these to helping patients overcome a variety of health issues.
For those who want to embark upon a long-term career with excellent prospects for progression, rewarding work helping other people, and an opportunity to be at the forefront of human knowledge in their chosen field, the healthcare industry is the perfect match.
With so many different careers within healthcare available, there is sure to be something for everyone. However, it is easy to become overwhelmed by the multitude of options available and deciding between them is no easy task. In this guide, we take a look at five of the best healthcare professions in terms of salary, working conditions, and opportunities for career progression.
Nursing is an excellent profession for those who want to be able to make a significant difference to patients’ lives as an auxiliary support within hospitals and other healthcare institutions. Without nurses, hospitals simply cannot function, and specialists cannot devote their time to patient care. Nursing is one of the best professions for those who want some guarantee of career progression opportunities and, best of all, nurses can progress at their own pace by studying relevant qualifications at a time of their choosing.
Ultrasound technicians, sometimes known as medical sonographers, are part of the diagnostic medical team. Their job is to use ultrasound equipment to diagnose patients and interpret the results. In order to become an ultrasound technician, candidates will first need to obtain the appropriate qualification, an associate bachelor’s degree from an accredited sonography program. Check out this listing from Quality Education and Jobs for an idea of what this role entails.
Psychiatry is another sub-section of healthcare which has experienced enormous growth over the last decade or so. While most healthcare professions are concerned with treating physical ailments, the role of a psychiatrist is to diagnose and treat psychiatric conditions. With rates of mental illness on the rise in the United States, there is more work than ever for psychiatrists, as well as more funding than ever before available to those looking to set up their own practice.
The anesthetist is an essential part of any surgical team, it is their job to put patients under in preparation for surgery. Many people incorrectly assume that the job of an anesthetist must be quite simple, in fact, it is one of the more complex societies. Anesthetists must administer the right type of anesthetic based on the patient’s history and the procedure being performed, and must be able to calculate the precise doses required to achieve anesthesia.
The healthcare industry offers a wide range of jobs, each of which comes with its own unique rewards and challenges. There a are a number of reasons why healthcare is an excellent field to work in. It is a field that is constantly evolving and offers excellent long-term prospects.