How do I know if a job in health care is for me?

How do I know if a job in health care is for me?

The jobs

There are many different health care jobs available to you in USA! In some jobs, health care professionals care directly for people one-to-one. Other jobs are administrative or technical, and may have some, little or no direct interaction with patients.

The good news is that with such a wide range of jobs – there is certainly one that will fit your career interests! To find the position that is best for you, take a look at the following healthcare career resources.

All jobs in health care industry have the health and well being of the patient as their primary goal. Whether you are working in research, medical billing or nursing, the work that you do with a  healthcare job will contribute to improvement in the lives of patients.

The environment

For many of us, a hospital comes to mind when we think of a “health care” setting where people work. There are many other places too – doctor’s offices, community health centers, mobile health units, schools and laboratories. Some jobs, like a Registered Nurse, may bring you to a patient’s home. Other health care jobs, like Pharmacist and Pharmacy Technician, may require you to work in the pharmacy of a drug store or grocery store.

Typically, you work with a team of other professionals. You might work as part of a surgical team or as a social worker consulting with doctors and nurses about a patient. You will be always be learning new ways of working because medical technology and health care systems change rapidly. You will do well if you can be flexible, open to change and able to work in a fast-paced environment.

Set aside 10 minutes to take the following career assessment. After you have finished the test, print out or write down those health careers that best match your personality profile based on your interests, skills, and values.

Check yes or no in answer to the following questions YES NO
1. I find satisfaction in helping people.
2. I am comfortable with people who are sick or not feeling well.
3. I enjoy working in a fast paced environment.
4. I do well (or did well) in science classes at school.
5. I do well (or did well) in math classes at school.
6. I am detail oriented.
7. I like change and feel comfortable learning new skills and applying them.
8. I work well in a structured environment.
9. I work well in a team environment.
10. I am comfortable with technology (like computers and equipment).

Did you answer “yes” to most of these questions? Then a job in health care may be right for you!

If you think a job in health care may be for you, then your next step is to look at your interests, skills, and values to see which health care occupations might work for you.

Now that you’ve completed an interest inventory, you know whether your personality profile is Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising or Conventional. This is one way to assess whether or not you would be well suited for working in the health care field.

Another way to assess yourself is by looking at the type of work responsibilities associated with different occupations.