The healthcare industry is expanding rapidly, and will continue to do so in the foreseeable future as an aging population creates more demand for healthcare services. If you want to become a healthcare professional, there has never been a time when there is more need of your services.
There are many different healthcare professional categories that you might consider. The traditional roles of physician and surgeon require you to undertake both undergraduate and graduate degrees, with periods of practical training. You will need to work an internship in a hospital, and then decide what specialties you are going to work in before taking the appropriate training.
Variety of Specialties
Nurses can register after successfully completing nursing training - certificates for LPNs, associate or bachelor's degrees for RNs. Many nurses go on to specialise in a particular area of nursing, such as practice nurses, surgery or clinical nurses, and primary healthcare nurses. Many nurses will take graduate education to reach the top of their profession.
Other health professionals include therapists in a variety of areas, including physical and mental therapists, technicians specialising in all health areas including pulmonary cardiac examinations, x-ray and radiologists, ultrasound technicians, and laboratory technicians.
All healthcare professionals need to qualify at a reasonable level - often degree level in order to be able to enter their profession. They often put a program of continuing education in place so that they can keep up to date with new developments and progress their career. As a healthcare professional you work to benefit the community you live in, and have the joint satisfaction of a good job, and a worthwhile occupation.
Publish date: February 10, 2011