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Healthcare Career Guide for Students

Healthcare Career Guide for Students

Megan Malugani / Monster Contributing Writer

Is Healthcare for You?

Are You Ready for a Career in Health Care?

1. We say school, you think:

Bring it on!
Eek! What will I wear on the first day?
My dog ate my homework.

Healthcare isn’t right for everyone. Although the work can be highly rewarding, it can also be physically and mentally exhausting. Here are some things to keep in mind when deciding if this field is for you:

• Almost all healthcare positions require a high school diploma, and most require additional education. To best prepare for a healthcare career while you’re in high school, you should get a solid grounding in the sciences.

• Before you make up your mind about a specific healthcare profession, consider shadowing a person who is in the line of work you’ve chosen. Contact a professional organization in your area or talk to your school guidance counselor about how to set up such an experience.

• Usually, your earning potential as a healthcare professional will increase along with your level of education. However, money isn’t the main reason most people decide to work in healthcare. Salaries aren’t as high in healthcare as in other industries, and most healthcare workers say they chose to enter the field because they like helping others.

• Many healthcare professions require you to pass a certification or licensure exam before you can work. Your educational program should prepare you for the exam, but the test could still be difficult for you.

• Patients need attention 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so the action never stops in healthcare. This means healthcare workers have to be flexible. For example, you may have to work shifts in the middle of the night. You also have to be adaptable to rapid change in the healthcare industry. You may work in several different settings during the course of your career, from hospitals to clinics to community-health agencies.

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