With tons of options for different careers within healthcare, how will you choose a path that’s right for you? If you don’t have any idea what you want to do, the task may seem insurmountable. Fortunately, it isn’t. Follow an organized process and you will increase your chances of making a good decision.
Make a list of occupations
You probably have multiple lists of occupations in front of you at this point. One generated by each of the self-assessment tools you may have used online. To keep yourself organized, you should combine them into one master list. First, look for careers that appear on multiple lists and copy them onto a blank page. Title it “Occupations to Check Out.” Your self-assessments indicated they are a good fit for you based on several of your traits, so they’re worth exploring. Next, find any occupations on your lists that appeal to you. They may be careers you know a bit about and want to explore further. Also, include professions about which you don’t know much about. You might learn something unexpected.
Perhaps a list that includes careers such as:
-Insurance Verification Specialist
-Patient Care Technician
-Medication Processors and Distribution Facilitators
-Sterile Processing Technician
-Billing and Coding Specialist
-And Many Others!
Now that you have more information, start to narrow down your list even further. Based on what you learned from your research so far, begin eliminating the careers you don’t want to pursue any further. You should end up with two to three occupations on your list.
Remove everything with duties that don’t appeal to you. Eliminate careers that have weak job outlooks. Get rid of any occupation if you are unable or unwilling to fulfill the educational or other requirements, or if you lack some of the soft skills necessary to succeed in it.
When you have only a couple occupations left on your list, start doing more in-depth research. Arrange to meet with people who work in those occupations. They can provide firsthand knowledge about the careers on your short list. Access a network such as LinkedIn, to find people with whom to have these informational interviews/discussions.
At the end of all your research, you are probably ready to make your choice. Pick the occupation that you think will bring you the most satisfaction based on all the information you have gathered.
Once you decide, identify your long-term and short-term goals. This helps to chart a course toward eventually landing work in your chosen field.
With the research you did, hopefully that included info regarding education and training. If you don’t have all the details, do some more research. Once you have all the information you need, set your goals. An example of a long-term goal would be completing your education and training. Short-term goals include applying to college, apprenticeships, other training programs, and internships.
Whichever profession you wish to pursue, one thing to keep in mind is that pharmacology is the baseline education for just about any career within the healthcare industry. It is highly recommended and suggested by top healthcare experts, like Jessica Raval (Radiology Technician pictured below) to enroll within specialized training programs such as Pharm Tech EDU to obtain more education with pharmaceuticals for a base foundation.
Join the winning team
Employment in healthcare occupations is projected to grow 16 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 2.6 million new jobs (respectively). Healthcare occupations are projected to add more jobs than any of the other occupational groups. It’s time for you to focus on your research and execute a plan to act!