Interested in healthcare delivery? Maybe you want to help people, but you’re not interested in medicine, or want to support our ageing population but don’t want the hassle of University. Here are some of the best jobs with positive job growth predicted for next year, and well beyond.
Aged Care Worker
Average salary for aged care workers
There are a huge number of new jobs all the time designed to cope with our aging population. This is the perfect job for people wanting to work in patient care but who doesn’t want to be a nurse practitioner. There are a range of jobs in aged care, from being the person in charge of a client’s primary care, working privately through an agency, to working in administration or as a carer at an aged care home, the health and aged care system is crying out for young people to work with healthcare providers to assist our elderly.
Average salary for registered nurses
While in previous generations nursing was one of the most popular job options, health services all over Australia, America, the UK and New Zealand need more nurses. As baby boomers grow older, job opportunities for nurses get better. No longer just in hospitals, nurses are often not involved in every element of patient treatment, at medical practices, in educational programs and care facilities. Nurses are crucial to population health, and enjoy exemplary work life balance with many shifts designed to suit a variety of lifestyles.
Average salary for pharmacy assistants
A pharmacy technician works under a pharmacist to fill medication scripts, give information to patients and other healthcare professionals, gives out health information and assembles medications. This is another fantastic way to work in the healthcare industry if you’re not hugely comfortable with nursing or other more hands on patient care, while still genuinely helping people in a fast growing industry. With growing numbers of medical conditions becoming more prevalent throughout the healthcare field, more payment models and more treatments, the job market for pharmacy technicians strong.
Dental Hygiene Assistant
Average salary for dental assistants
Dental Hygienists and dental assistants are crucial in the healthcare industry, as they help dentists to treat patients across all age groups. Plus, with more and more baby boomers, gen Xers and millennials having dental or orthodontic treatments, and with more healthcare providers like medicare providing rebates, working in dentistry gives you a long term career path.
Average salary for health administrators
Every single organisation in the healthcare sector relies on the work of the dedicated people who make up the administration team. In the medical field, there are vasts amount of sensitive data and information that need to be cross checked, communicated and clarified with patients and medical professionals alike. Working in administration in, for example, a major hospital, may see you comforting families, entering patient data so that they get the correct medication and information, and speaking with everyone from janitors to the head neurosurgeon. Meanwhile, in a small private aged care home, administration staff may be in charge of social media, such as the homes linkedin page or facebook, organising events and providing company to the clients.
So think about all the times you’ve come across healthcare in your life – where could you help? Healthcare departments are only increasing in size due to an ageing population and an awareness of the importance of health and wellbeing, so if you’re looking for an area with good job growth prospects, the healthcare industry is it!
Regardless of what your strengths are, there is an area of the healthcare industry that will suit you. Nursing or aged care, in a large hospital or small private practice, dealing directly with the ill or only with those who treat them, there’s a job for you!
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