January 19, 2015
Article by Global Pre-Meds
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With the continuously expanding and aging population all over the world, the demand for healthcare professionals worldwide is at an all-time high. And this trend is expected to continue in the foreseeable future. If you are planning to pursue a career in this field, now is the right time to get into it. While the demand for all healthcare specialties is estimated to increase over the next few years, these five specialties are expected to be more in demand than others.
Nurse Practitioners and Registered Nurses
Nursing in general is a field that is in highest demand, not just in the medical field but amongst all professions. The entire occupation has expanded dramatically over the past few years with today’s nurses being trained to go beyond the traditional nursing barriers. The potential for qualified nurses, particularly RNs and Nurse Practitioners, is limitless.
Physiotherapy is another exceptional field to be in right now. According to the latest statistics, there are just not enough trained physiotherapists to fill the available job openings and this shortage is likely to continue for a few years with the increasing efforts being made to help elderly people stay more mobile and independent. As a qualified physiotherapist, you can work in a hospital or medical facility or you can have your own private practice.
Pharmacy Technicians and Pharmacists
For those opting to become pharmacists, the road to getting qualified is a long one. However, getting into this field is also highly rewarding and is highly in demand. Older people suffer from a wide range of chronic conditions and as the symptoms keep getting more severe, there is an increasing dependency on medications, which means pharmacists will keep being in demand.
Those looking to become pharmacy technicians will have an easier path since a lot of them do not require any kind of formal qualification. Most of the learning will be through experience and on-the-job training. As a pharmacist or a pharmacy technician, you can work in the private sector or in a pharmacy.
Physician assistants help doctors conduct various tests, physical examinations and also treat certain problems. Assistants may also be allowed to conduct simple procedures. Since the need for physicians are increasing, more and more assistants are also required to help these physicians. For those looking to get at this field, there is a lot of scope with projections that this field is expected to grow by 40% over the next few years.
Home Health Aides
More and more patients today are opting to receive health services at home as they prefer to live in the comfort of their own houses instead of having prolonged stays at hospitals or other medical facilities. A home care aide typically deals with patients who suffer from some kind of chronic disease or old patients with health issues. A high school diploma is often sufficient for someone to become a home care aide. Basic training in first aid and other training related to the specific requirements of the patient are also required. Most health care aides often learn these skills while on the job. There is an excellent outlook for this profession with an expected growth rate of about 50% over the next five to ten years.