Healthcare professionals seem to respond to a higher calling. Characteristics commonly found in people that go into this field include “compassion, empathy, sympathy and kindness,” according to one nurse blogger.
It’s these characteristics that reinforce the commonly-held notion that healthcare workers are driven solely by altruistic motives.
Healthcare professionals spend their days ensuring the health and safety of others but we often forget that they have their own responsibilities too.
It’s important to remember that they live in the real world and, in order to be great at their jobs, they can’t be worrying about their job.
And that’s exactly what the data shows.
A recent survey conducted on behalf of Rasmussen College reported that 94 percent of healthcare professionals felt “job security” was a highly important factor when considering their career path. Job security was tied with "location" and "work-life balance" for the top spot in the survey.
This suggests that, just like the rest of us mere mortals, healthcare workers care about working in a stable environment. Well, they are in luck. U.S. News & World Report found that 17 of the 30 fastest growing fields are related to healthcare.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is attributing the skyrocketing growth to the aging baby boomer population and increased access to medical coverage from the Affordable Care Act. In some cases that growth is as much as 53.4 percent, with an overall trajectory of five million jobs to be added to the sector by 2022.
In other words, those considering a career in the healthcare industry will have plenty of options to choose from to find the stability they seek.
And many of these high-growth careers can be launched in two years or less. With direct and indirect patient care options available, there are healthcare job opportunities of every type.
If you’re interested in this high demand industry but not quite sure where to start your job search, check out Rasmussen College’s Career Roadmap to find your passion.
*Survey conducted by Vision Critical from Feb. 25, 2014 – Mar. 2, 2014. The survey polled 2,003 employed U.S. adults who are members of Vision Critical’s American Community panel. The margin of error—a measure of sampling variability—is +/- 2.2%. Quotas used to ensure a sample representative of the entire working U.S. adult population in terms of age, gender and region. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.
** Salary data represents national, averaged earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries and employment conditions in your area may vary.