If you’re thinking of working in healthcare, there is one excellent reason why you should strongly consider it: baby boomers.
According to the University of Cincinnati, “By 2050, the population of adults aged 65 and older is expected to be 83.7 million, which is nearly double the estimates for 2012 of 43.1 million.” Yes, you read that right.
Even if you have no intention of attending medical school to become a doctor or surgeon, think of all the administrative and assistant-related support that hospitals and clinics need to continue running smoothly. You could be part of that well-oiled machine.
Without further ado, here are some fast-growing, detail-oriented careers to consider in the healthcare sector:
1. Nurse Educators
For anyone eager to contribute to the development of the next generation of nurses and medical assistants, look no further than a career in nursing education. Detail-minded idealists with an eye to the bigger picture of healthcare will find plenty to be inspiring.
For example, in 2005 the National League for Nursing developed a set of core competencies that serve as goals to which nurse educators aspire. Included in this set of skills is the ability to facilitate learning, help students develop as nurses, and operate as change agents and leaders.
Because of the educational nature of the nurse educator role, aspiring educators should possess sound judgment, patience, and a professional character that recognizes the nursing role as integral to successful healthcare organizations.
Nurse educators must not only develop curriculum but also contribute to academic research and scholarship. All in addition to teaching and assessing current nursing students.
Although nurse educators focus more on pedagogy than direct treatment, they involve themselves in patient care — at teaching hospitals, for example.
If hospital operating rooms and physical ailments make you squeamish, read on to learn about less medical roles for the detail-oriented interested in entering the healthcare field.
2. Healthcare Administrators
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job growth outlook for health services managers and healthcare administrators is projected to be 20 percent. That’s much faster than the average career growth rate.
There are numerous roles to choose between: You could go into information management, choose the executive route, or opt for a freelance position as a healthcare consultant.
Just be aware that the further up the administrative ladder you go, the more you’ll have to deal with issues of public policy and lawsuits that may pop up at your organization.
However, the pay at this level is anything but modest. If you’re detail-oriented but also enjoy taking in the bigger meta-picture of healthcare, consider an administrative role.
3. Information Technology
IT administrators, network specialists, and cybersecurity professionals likely have the following prominent concern at the forefront of their minds most of the time: the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
If you’re not familiar with HIPAA’s regulations, involvement in the field will clear that up. HIPAA connects closely to electronic healthcare records (EHRs) and data privacy for patients, and with the growing number of advanced technology devices on the market, the risk of HIPAA violations increases.
That’s where network security and IT specialization come in. Healthcare IT administrators must stay on top of HIPAA policies when it comes to the sharing of any data connected to patients.
If hospitals and healthcare organizations don’t stay within the bounds of HIPAA policy when sharing EHRs and other patient data records, they can be fined.
Furthermore, there is a significant risk of data breaches at the hands of hackers who want to steal personal medical data—which has high street value on the dark web.
This concern would be of the utmost interest to medical IT and cybersecurity specialists, who continue to be in high demand.
There are some different tech-related roles you could assume if you decide to go the healthcare IT route: You may opt to become a medical billing and coding specialist, for example, dealing mainly with billing, invoicing, and accounting.
Or you might choose for the health informatics, data analysis route; this role can help make hospital operations more efficient, or it may look at the data concerning time spent with patients about medical diagnoses, treatment, and outcomes.
4. Other Roles for the Detail-Oriented
If you have an interest in future technologies, look no further than the potential of 3D printing for the healthcare sector.
Hospitals and clinics will need radiology experts and 3D printing gurus to help run their machines. You might consider working on the design and implementation of prosthetic molds and castings for amputees and those born without limbs.
Other roles for the detail-oriented include health insurance processing, which requires an eye for numbers and legal policies, as well as some mathematical prowess. Insurance professionals must be intimately aware of the nuances of the particular field of medicine they are working with.
There are also opportunities for healthcare-related charitable organization work if you’re more inclined towards societal issues or special needs. Moreover, there is a dire need for healthcare professionals in developing countries, from working with Doctors Without Borders to finding a higher purpose here at home.
If you’re an introvert and prefer to work alone, consider a career as a medical librarian, forensic chemist, medical laboratory scientist, or dental informaticist. These roles require extended time apart conducting research, analyzing data, and classifying information.
Regardless of where your passion lies, a career in the healthcare sector equates to the opportunity to help others. Healing and medicine are necessary, but doctors and nurses shouldn’t be the only ones these causes. They need the support of a massive infrastructure made up of information specialists, administrative professionals, and people willing to help.
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