Does the idea of working long hours to help bring people back to good health interest you? Maybe you should consider getting into the health and medical career field. There are many ways to open to door to opportunities in this industry, so depending on your goals will determine where you will start. If you enjoy working with people, you may want to consider becoming a nurse. There are different levels of this position – registered nurse, certified nursing assistant and licensed practical nurse. You can easily gain experience by becoming a certified nursing assistant; most schools only require 24 hours of training, which can be done over the course of a weekend or a couple of weeks.

Nursing Assistant

As a certified nursing assistant, you are required to assist the head nurse with duties around the medical facility. You will have the option of working in nursing homes, hospitals, clinics, rehab centers or in the home of the patient (home health aid). Your duties would include refilling medication cups for patients, checking on patients and making beds/distributing laundry. Other duties may be asked of your by the head nurse, including giving baths and changing the clothes of elderly patients. You can continue your education to become an RN or LPN.

Psychology

Something a bit more complicated in the medical field is psychology. Becoming a psychologist means going through years of college to obtain a master’s or doctorates degree. In this field you will work with different patients to evaluate their mental stability. You can also open your own practice to assist everyday individuals who need assistance in obtaining direction in their life, career, marriage, etc. You will study both the human mind and behavior. Work can also be found in schools/universities, the workplace and hospitals.

Massage Therapy

If you have the magic touch, you might want to consider becoming a massage therapist or physical therapist. The difference between these two is the workplace. Both are capable of opening their own practice, but the purpose each serve are a bit different. For the massage therapist, the procedures are more for leisure and pleasure. Such places you will find a masseuse are on cruises, in hotels and spas. Physical therapists work closely with chiropractors, offering relief after an accident causing bodily harm. Physical therapists work in clinics and hospitals. Training for massage therapy is mostly around 9 months and physical therapy requires a master’s degree.

Nutrition & Fitness

Helping people to become healthier is a big part of the medical industry. You can help individuals to become aware of different health issues by educating them. As a health educator, you will inform people, communities and institutions about health-related topics. Knowledge about nutrition, exercise and illnesses will all be needed to teach the people attending your seminars or reading your manuals. You can show them how to buy affordable workout equipment from places like Walmart and Target.  To work in this field, you are required to have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree.

Of course you can also look into becoming a doctor or surgeon. You will endure at least six to eight years in college to obtain your medical degree. Afterwards, you can open your own clinic, work in a hospital or a non-profit organization.

Earnings:

  • Health Educator – $24,750 – $56,580
  • Psychologist – $35,280 – $102,730
  • Physical Therapist – $55,030 – $94,810
  • Massage Therapist – $7.48/hr – $24.22/hr
  • Chiropractor – $45,710 – $104,363
  • Physician/Surgeon – $137,119 – $321,686
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