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Careers in the medical field

There were over one million physicians in the US as of 2016.

Despite having a large number of physicians in the country, medical professionals are still in high demand. And there are plenty of reasons you might consider a career in the medical field.

Of course, the healthcare field is rewarding in that you’re improving people’s lives every day. But there’s also a lot of room for growth, opportunities for travel, and a very comfortable income.

If you’re considering a career in healthcare, keep reading for the top 10 reasons to say yes.

  1. A Career in the Medical Field Is In Demand

Between 2016 and 2060, the number of people over the age of 65 in the US will grow from 46 million to over 98 million. By that year, people over 65 will represent 24% of the total population. And by 2030, the number of people over the age of 65 will outnumber the number of people under the age of 18.

These statistics are probably the biggest contributing factor to the demand for medical professionals. As the largest portion of the population enters their elderly years, the demand for all kinds of medical services will increase as well.

At the same time, the amount of disposable income is growing. As people have more disposable income, the demand for different kinds of medical specialties also grows. And that coincides with the fact that people are also more health conscious than ever before, which requires regular checkups and other resources from the medical field.

In the next 25 years, the demand for medical professionals will continue to increase. There’s a great need for optional healthcare treatments from a diverse range of fields. And the need isn’t just for physicians and specialists – there are a number of job opportunities as support and operational staff in the medical industry.

  1. Job Security

According to one study, American’s aren’t confident in the security of most jobs. Most people surveyed said that there’s less job security today than there was in the past. They also believed that there will be more job insecurity in the future.

A career in the medical field provides some of the best job security of any career. People will always need health services, so there will always be a demand for medical professionals. This is a very important consideration when it comes to planning your future.

  1. High Earning Potential

The healthcare industry generally pays very well. A career in the medical field usually comes with health benefits as well.

There’s also lots of room to earn more in the medical industry. Usually, the higher the education you have, the more you can make.

And there are plenty of opportunities for continued education and career development in the medical field.

  1. Lots of Room for Career Development

If you want to grow in your career, there’s a lot of opportunity for career development in the healthcare field. Career growth can be vertical, wherein you’re promoted to a higher position related to your current position. But growth can also be lateral, meaning you can move into related health care fields or specialties.

Career development occurs through continued medical education and updating your knowledge. It involves higher degrees, courses, and certifications.

The best part? That there’s a lot of opportunity for additional training that’s completely free of cost.

Government, employer-funded, and academic scholarships can help cover the cost of continued education. Because a career in the medical field is in such high demand, many employers are willing to pay for you to upgrade your skills. Employers may also encourage continued training so that you’re up-to-date on technology, processes, and even medical procedures.

But many employers also offer the opportunity for on the job training. This exposes you to new experiences and helps you build your skills.

  1. Lots of Entry Points

Not everyone has the desire to become a physician or specialist. But the medical field isn’t limited to doctors. There are plenty of entry points into the healthcare field and a diverse variety of career options.

You might consider becoming a medical receptionist or a dental assistant. You may also become a nurse or nursing assistant.

Once you have your foot in the door, you can think about where you’d like to take your career from there. As mentioned, there’s usually a lot of opportunity for career development and growth regardless of your first station in the field.

  1. Flexibility

There’s nothing to stop you from switching specialties, levels of employment, or places of work when you choose a career in the medical field. You never have to worry about getting bored of what you do, because you have plenty of flexibility and options in terms of your career path.

You can choose from working in hospitals, private facilities, homes, clinics, or in a one-to-one situation. You may decide to switch specialties by pursuing more education at the ultimate medical academy. You might even decide to pursue a role in management.

The point is, the flexibility and options you have are endless. And if you need change, the medical field will provide you the opportunity to maintain job satisfaction by moving around.

  1. Helping People

For many people who pursue a career in the medical field, helping people is a big reason for choosing this field. Every day, you’re helping improve people’s lives. Sometimes, you’re even saving them.

Every patient using a healthcare service is in need. And you can’t get better job satisfaction than always knowing that you’re needed.

Whether you’re performing life-saving surgery, helping bring a baby into the world, or getting someone on track with healthy lifestyle changes, the medical field is a field in which you’re always making a difference.

  1. Change

Even in the case you never decide to change from the first type of career you chose in the medical field, you can be sure that no two days will ever be the same. Healthcare is a dynamic industry. There are always new situations, new health conditions, new technologies, and new people in your life.

And a career in the medical field also gives you an opportunity to travel. The qualifications of a healthcare professional in the US are transferable to many countries – and there are many countries in need of medical professionals. You may choose to serve in another part of the world for a short or extended period of time.

  1. Dress Code of Conduct

It may seem like a little item, but for some people the mere idea of having to dress up for work every day is exhausting. But most people in the medical field don’t have to wear a uniform, and the uniform that you might have to wear is comfortable and predictable (i.e. your scrubs).

Some days you may need to dress up more than others. But for the most part, you’ll be in comfortable clothes and shoes that allow you to move around freely.

  1. Meeting People

If you want a job that’s social and where you get to meet a diversity of professionals and people, a career in the medical field is perfect for you.

You’ll be working with administrative staff, physicians, specialists, nurses, nursing assistants, and all kinds of professionals on a daily basis. You’ll also meet tech experts, researchers, and scientists over the course of your career.

Not only is this great networking if you ever wanted to switch careers, but you’ll also have the opportunity to learn from all of these people. And besides the people you actually work with, you have your patients. They’ll come from all walks of life, all with unique personalities and needs.

Pursue Your Career With Cornell

A career in the medical field is among the most rewarding careers you can find. Every day you have the opportunity to help people improve their lives and get healthier. This brings a great deal of job satisfaction, as does the flexibility and options that the healthcare field offers.

Among the many other reasons to go into the medical field is the fact that it’s in high demand, and will continue to be so as we face an aging population. That demand translates to high earning potential as well as job security in a world where job security is hard to come by.

With all sorts of entry points, opportunities for career growth and development, and even the ability to travel, there’s no better time to start training for a medical career. And we have one of the most prestigious medical schools in the country. Learn more about our admissions process and how to start your career at Cornell.


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