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Growth In Healthcare Has Students Considering Medical Careers

Fri, Aug 3, 2012

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Working in the medical field is an option for many college students across the country. Whether it is for the career stability in a growing field, the thought of helping others, or the money; healthcare is growing and will always be needed. Although this career field is growing, there are and always will be some students who pursue it and find out it is not for them. Instead of putting all your eggs in the health basket because of one of the reasons above or some other motivation, why not try an internship? Below are three reasons why healthcare is rapidly growing and three internships any college student should consider.

1. The oldest baby boomers are now over age 65.

The baby-boom generation, those born from the late 1940s to the early 1960s, will cause the ranks of the elderly to swell considerably over the coming decades. Elderly people have much greater healthcare needs than young people, requiring more medical care.

2. There are more medical treatments available than ever before.

In years past, people did little about chronic medical conditions like arthritis. Now there are a variety of medications, injections, joint replacements and therapies. Nearly every medical condition has experienced a similar explosion in treatment options.

3. The obesity epidemic will have future medical consequences.

Unfortunately, people who are obese are more likely to get diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, arthritis of the knees and other health problems. Obesity even corresponds with some types of cancer. These increased health problems will require more medical personnel to treat them.

1. Intern at a corporate healthcare company

Just because you do not want to patrol the front lines or work with injured or sick people doesn’t mean that you cannot find a job in healthcare. Organizations that work in healthcare are, at the end of the day, a business. If the sight of blood makes you queasy, but working in organizational development or maybe human resources then a corporate healthcare company might be the way to go.

2. Find an internship in patient care

When people think of healthcare they normally think of therapists, nurses, and doctors. Those are career paths that take years of schooling and training so choosing one might not be wise without knowing you want to do it. Finding an internship in a doctors office or hospital might be a little boring because your tasks will probably mundane, but being in the atmosphere will provide you with info and experience you will not get from being a patient or student.

3. Try working for a non-profit
Healthcare is a hot topic in our nation and will probably remain that way for the long haul. In this country their are many non-profit organizations focused purely on helping people and making a difference. For those students looking to impact those who are less fortunate, look into non-profit heath groups. Organizations like that are always looking for helping hands and doing some good might really sway your decision on what you want to do for years to come.

Those reasons clearly shed light on good reasons as to why you should give a healthcare career a long look. Not only are jobs prevalent with the right education, but so are internships. Be sure to find a job working the front lines of a health clinic or the offices of a healthcare company before you commit, because now is a great time to study medicine.

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