For many of our healthcare needs, we often find that when our turn comes up at the hospital, that it's not a doctor treating us but other kinds of healthcare professional nurses, clinical technicians, medical assistants and other qualified professionals. As even a passing acquaintance with these professionals is about to show you, these positions do happen to be great to work in. Anyone considering working in the medical profession needs to consider these alternative careers in healthcare. People do need to realize that rewarding and well-paying careers in healthcare cannot begin and end at the doctor's office.
Without a doubt, a career as a registered nurse is the best way to work in healthcare when you're not a doctor. While people who work as nurses do report being overworked, they do love how they always seem to have job security because hospitals always seem to need nurses. In fact, hospitals seem to want to move these days towards giving more and more responsibility to nurses that used to at one time to be province of doctors. The skills of nurses then are some of the most well-needed in the healthcare industry; the median salary for a nurse's job is about $65,000.
You could say much the same thing for a career as a physical therapist or pharmacist. Not only are these areas of work well-respected in the medical field, these professionals tend to report a great deal of job satisfaction as well (they are not overworked the way nurses are). Not to mention, working as pharmacist or occupational therapist can be really profitable work. Pharmacists, on average, make the more than $100,000 a year; physical therapists make $75,000 a year on average, and both areas of expertise are in demand. There are going to be tens of thousands of new jobs coming online shortly.
Now you might at some point find yourself offered the choice between studying to be an occupational therapist and studying to be a physical therapist. As such, either kind of position pays about the same, and demand for these skills appears to grow at about the same rate. Physical therapists though report skyhigh levels of job satisfaction, while occupational therapists are but moderately happy with their jobs. How is this so?
The thing is, physical therapists actually help people regain the use of their limbs; they help them overcome severe pain. Even if it can be hard work, people feel really good about being able to help people in this way. The job of an occupational therapist tends to demand lower levels of skill most of the time. People responsible for occupational therapy tend to help their patient's with routine stuff getting into bed, getting out of bed and so on. Most days, these professionals can end up feeling like glorified orderlies. Of course, that's just the perception of it. In both kinds of careers in healthcare, therapists do need very high levels of skill.