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Is a healthcare career right for you?

Do you enjoy working with people? Do you want to help others and make a contribution to the community? Do you like problem solving and being challenged? Perhaps a career in healthcare is for you.

There’s a lot more to a healthcare career than becoming a doctor. If you’re interested in a career in healthcare, there are a wide variety of healthcare jobs to choose from. From medicine and nursing to pharmacy, psychology, dentistry and dietetics, there’s a job to suit your passion. There are also career opportunities in care, therapy and rehabilitation work, health information and communication or mental health. This diversity means that there is some overlap between different healthcare jobs, and often healthcare workers shift careers within the healthcare area.

Healthcare workers work in a wide range of environments. Many are based in hospitals, where work can be intense and high pressure, but also social and rewarding. Others work in smaller public or private practices, schools or corporate workplaces. Some healthcare workers, and particularly carers, travel to the homes of their patients.

There’s a lot more to being a healthcare worker than what you might think from watching a TV medical drama. While there’s a wide range of healthcare jobs, all healthcare workers require a caring attitude toward their patients. You need to pay attention to detail, possess good communication skills and be able to logically solve problems.

Healthcare workers often need to analyse a complex and related set of factors, and make a fast decision about the best response for a patient.

Salaries and employment conditions for healthcare workers vary widely depending on the particular healthcare job. While surgeons or psychiatrists receive very high incomes, healthcare roles which require a greater number of workers and fewer years of training are not as highly paid.

 

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