A full guide on getting a career in healthcare
Looking to start a career in healthcare?
In a world in which everyone is worried about the NHS, the current healthcare climate in the UK, there are still many benefits that come with a career in healthcare – whether it’s a rewarding experience, high salaries, job stability, and the fact that healthcare jobs are currently in high demand. There are many ways one can break into the healthcare industry depending on your skills, education, and interests.
We at Enferm have put together a complete guide on how to get that job in healthcare.
Due to the complexity and mere vastness of the healthcare industry, there are jobs and positions available for nearly every level of education. That’s right, there is no need to have a degree, Ph.D., etc, just to get a job in healthcare. A lot of jobs, like medical transcriptions, orderlies or pharmacy technicians, often only require that you graduate from school. A lot of jobs like these also offer on-the-job-training. In some cases, short workshops and certifications for things like CPR or ACLS are provided through the company or even encouraged employees to take part in.
Community or technical college.
The next step in education would be to attend College, this normally takes up to two years to complete/earn and are very beneficial for positions such as physiatrist aides, physical therapy assistants, medical assistants or clinical lab technicians.
A degree from a UK university isn’t required in a lot of healthcare jobs, though it’s a great thing to put on your CV nonetheless. One of the most common healthcare jobs for a four-year degree is a registered nurse, which is one of the most in-demand and lucrative healthcare positions.
As mentioned previously, one of the biggest misconceptions within the healthcare industry is that you need to go to university to get a job, however, specialised jobs in the healthcare field, including physicians, doctors, etc, require further education and post-graduate training. As is typical with other industries, the more education you have, the more job options you have and the higher they pay you for it.
Just like any other industry, expanding your resume is key to getting the job that you want within the healthcare industry. However, the positive thing about this specific industry is the wide range of opportunities that allow you to do so. This can include anything from volunteering at al hospital or retirement home to participating in extracurricular activities that put you in touch with doctor sand patients.
Work experience such as internships also provides a great experience. Even though a lot of them are unpaid, they allow you to get hands-on experience and see what it’s like to have a job within the healthcare industry.
Due to the growth of the industry over the past few decades, there is often (just like in the UK at the moment) a huge shortage of employees, meaning that there is an even bigger incentive to get that experience and even more potential to expand your CV.
It’s who you know, not what you know? This statement can be true for many industries across the world. However, in the medical and healthcare industries it is not so straight forward. For a lot of jobs, as mentioned above, education is vital for getting a good, high paying job and networking plays a smaller role. With all that said, networking can make a difference. If you join professional groups for future medical specialists in your area, you can find someone to shadow for a day on the job, or potentially reach out to classmates or acquaintances who may be able to help out with connections. Getting your foot in the door through networking is possible and encouraged.
The top healthcare jobs
In the current climate, most jobs in the healthcare field are in high demand, some jobs have more openings than others. Here are the top 5 healthcare jobs that you wouldn’t think would pay as well as they do.
1. Occupational Therapists.
Occupational Therapists help their patients with a wide variety of ailments, from those with emotional and developmental issues, those suffering from long-term stress, plus a lot more. This area, in particular, is growing and the average salary tends to be around £50,000.
Nurses are seen as some of the most important and essential jobs in the healthcare industry due to them spending more time with patients than any other medical professional. The average Nurse’s salary is around £30,000 and overtime is available, so the potential earning is a lot greater.
3. Nurse Anaesthetists
This is one of the highest-paid nursing jobs out there. Nurse Anaesthetists help Doctors with the administration of anaesthesia drugs to patients. Registered nurses have to complete a year of critical care experience before progressing to this role, and the salary progresses too – with accredited Nurses expecting to receive £40,000 and upwards depending on the geographical location and hospital.
The feet specialists. Podiatrists work to prevent and diagnose a range of different conditions, from fractures to bunions. Starting salaries begin at £21,000 but can progress to a specialist role with a salary in the region of £31,000 – £41,000.
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Physical Therapists work to restore mobility and reduce pain for patients who have had accidents, or have long-standing injuries or illnesses. Salaries start at £21,000 for recently qualified Physiotherapists, however, highly specialists practitioners can earn between £31,000 and £41,000.