In today’s competitive world, choosing to earn a health care degree and pursue a career in the field is one of the best decisions a prospective student can make. If you enjoy working with others and meeting the needs of patients, entering the health care field can provide you with a rewarding career. Continue reading to learn about the benefits that come with health care professions.
The future is bright for those who desire to work in health care. This industry has grown rapidly, and will continue to do so in the coming years. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the employment of health care occupations is projected to grow 19 percent from 2014 to 2024, which is faster than the average for all occupations.
Health care professionals will always be needed. Unlike other fields that are losing workers, the health care field is in need of workers now more than ever. With a health care degree, you will have many opportunities for employment in a variety of health care professions.
Another benefit that comes with pursuing a health care profession is the salary you will earn. While the most important part of your career is the passion you have for the field, a good salary is an added benefit for health care workers. The average entry-level health care worker has the potential to earn anywhere from $15 to $50 per hour, and as you gain more experience in your field, you may increase your salary (“Top 10 Reasons to Pursue a Healthcare Career Now,” 2008).
With a health care degree, you can apply your knowledge to a variety of settings. No matter where you choose to live, it is likely health care workers will be in high demand. For example, BSN-prepared nurses can work in many environments, and some even decide to take their career to countries around the world to help those who are in need of care.
In addition, health care workers can pursue a career that is catered to their interests. By choosing an emphasis area in their degree program, they can enter the specific field they desire and work with their desired population. For example, an individual who wants to work with the growing adult and elderly population can earn their MSN with an emphasis in adult-gerontology.
Pursuing a career in health care can be very rewarding, as health care professionals have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others. They interact with many different types of people, develop relationships and provide treatment to make a positive impact in their lives. Whether you work as a family nurse practitioner, an athletic trainer or nurse educator, you play a role in improving the quality of life of your patients.
In the end, there are many benefits that come with pursuing a career in health care. As the field continues to grow, new and exciting opportunities will emerge for health care workers.
Grand Canyon University’s College of Nursing and Health Care Professions offers a wide variety of health care degrees. To learn more about health care professions and the degree programs available at GCU, visit our website or fill out the Request More Information form at the top of the page.
Written by Lauren Abraham, a senior earning a communication degree at GCU.
- Top 10 reasons to pursue a healthcare career now. (2008). Retrieved from explorehealthcareers.org/en/issues/news/Article/178/ Top_10_Reasons_to_Pursue_a_Health_Career_Now
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