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10 Reasons to Train for a Career in Healthcare in Miami

The healthcare industry continues to expand, making Miami one of the biggest job markets for those considering training for a career in healthcare. Given this growth, there’s always room for more qualified healthcare professionals. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more jobs need to be filled (and faster) in this industry than in any other industry. If you like helping people and are up for a challenge, training for a career in healthcare might be the right choice for you.

Why train for a healthcare career in Miami?

When we think of professionals working in the healthcare industry, we think of individuals who are caring, compassionate, and patient with others. But that certainly is not all there is to someone working in this field.

If you want to work in the healthcare industry, certain traits may help you succeed faster in this field. Successful healthcare professionals are generally passionate about their jobs, are good communicators with excellent people skills, have an eye for details, and are dependable. The fast-paced nature of most jobs in healthcare requires professionals to be physically fit and active. These are qualities you may already possess, or you may need to develop them in the course of your career.

There are several excellent and exciting reasons why prospective students would want to choose healthcare as a field of study. Below are just a few good ones.

  1. Chalk out your own career path to healthcare jobs

O’Net Online, sponsored by the U.­­­­­­­­S. Department of Labor lists over 400 professions under healthcare. In May 2020, there were about 16,825,000 people working in this sector (Kaiser Family Foundation). The sheer size and variety of the healthcare industry allow students to choose from a variety of career paths. If you’re looking to join the workforce as soon as you can, start with a certificate of training or an associate degree. Work your way to better pay and positions by enrolling in an online bachelor’s program with externships that help you gain practical training and experience.

  1. Choose your work environment

Healthcare professionals have a variety of work environment options such as a physician’s office, a hospital, a nursing home, labs, diagnostic centers, or home healthcare services. Some healthcare professions enable you to start your own private practice and work on your own terms.

  1. Your career can grow faster in healthcare 

The high job growth rate in healthcare allows professionals to grow their careers faster than in any other industry. For instance, a registered nurse can upskill with higher education for more responsible jobs that offer higher pay. Nurses can also diversify into different fields like pediatrics, geriatrics, or neo-natal ICU. To qualify for such positions, nurses will need to undergo training and certification. With a master’s or doctoral degree, you can become an educator or be a part of the academia to help change or govern healthcare policies. Those interested in administrative responsibilities may have a greater chance to jump to higher positions as the job growth rate for health managers is 33% from 2020 to 2030.

  1. Such an inclusive field allows for growth in so many directions

According to BLS, most of the 20 fastest-growing occupations from 2020 to 2030 are associated with healthcare (including mental health). Nurse practitioners, occupational therapy assistants, and physician assistants are projected to increase by at least 30 percent over that period. The BLS expects a 15% growth in healthcare jobs between 2020 to 2030 – that’s 2.6 million job openings during that period.

  1. Job insecurity? Not in the healthcare industry

Healthcare jobs are associated with the strongest job security. Professionals in healthcare are less likely to be laid off due to downsizing. That is because the industry is always expanding to meet the burgeoning healthcare demands of a growing aging population, and continued growth in the number of patients with chronic conditions. Between 2020 and 2030, healthcare jobs are projected to have some of the best outlooks. If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it is that job security is a thing of the past for most sectors, apart from healthcare.

  1. Meeting new and exciting people every day

In her article, 7 Reasons Why I Love Being a Nurse, Grace Glausier says, “For me, and for the nurses, I work alongside, patients are more than just patients — they’re people. I enjoy getting to know my patients and their families. I learn their story, where they are from, their hobbies, and what they hope to get back to after recovery.”

As a healthcare professional, over the course of your career, you will have impacted many lives, and even have had the privilege of altering the destiny of many of them.

  1. High job satisfaction

In 2019, PayScale conducted a survey of the Least and Most Meaningful Jobs, rating 454 jobs on the basis of salary, job stress, satisfaction, and how meaningful those surveyed thought their job was. Out of the top 200 jobs in PayScale’s list, more than one-third were those in the healthcare sector. No two days are alike if you are working in healthcare, so there’s never a dull day. The joy of knowing you are impacting lives for the better can be a rewarding experience, as the survey shows.

  1. Plenty of funding options help pay for healthcare training and education 

Prospective students aspiring to join a healthcare program can find hundreds of scholarships and funding options to either fully or partially sponsor their education. Government grants and scholarships are available at the federal, state, and institutional levels and are based on financial need or merit. Grants and scholarships do not have to be paid back like loans, so it is in the student’s best interest to search for and apply for scholarships and grants to support college tuition.

  1. Take your healthcare profession with you, anywhere

Healthcare professionals are in demand all over the world. That means you can take your profession to go! You could become a travel nurse on a cruise line or look for a humanitarian organization that will recruit you in places around the world where there is a need for your profession.

  1. Higher entry-level pay than other industries

Salaries in the healthcare industry can vary according to geographical location and work settings but generally offer higher entry-level pay than other sectors. Here’s what you can expect as entry-level pays for some professions, per BLS.

Medical sonographers, cardiovascular technologists, and technicians with an associate degree can earn a mean entry-level salary of $70,380. According to indeed.com, in the state of Florida, medical sonographers get paid $47.44 an hour. Miami is among the highest-paying cities for medical sonographers in the country (BLS). Diagnostic medical sonographers in Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm can earn a mean annual wage of $64,680.

Explore how you can become a Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

Medical assistants with a postsecondary non-degree may be able to earn $35,850. Entry-level pay in Miami for a medical assistant, as reported by indeed.com is $14.66. Salaries can rise with experience. Medical assistants in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach area can earn a mean annual wage of $37,200.

Check out how you can become a medical assistant by enrolling in our ASA Programs Medical Assisting program. IS THIS WORDED CORRECTLY?

Medical records and health information specialists can earn $45,240 as a mean annual salary at entry-level. In Miami, medical billing and coding specialists who are certified get paid on average $17.00 an hour. They can move up the ladder to become a medical billing manager with a reported average annual salary of over $66,000, according to PayScale.com. Working in this profession in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach area might draw a mean annual wage of $47,060.

To become a medical biller/coder, take a look at our Medical Billing & Coding program.

Registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree can earn $75,330 at entry-level. Miami nurses reported getting an average hourly pay of $29.54 (August 2021), according to PayScale.com. In the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach area, a registered nurse can earn a mean annual wage of $72,300.

Check out our RN to BSN program.

Medical and health services managers with a bachelor’s degree may be able to earn $104,280 as an annual mean salary at entry-level positions. The job growth rate for health services managers across the country is 32%, much faster than the average for all other occupations. Miami pays nearly $116,000 a year to such managers, as reported to Salary.com. A health service manager in Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach can earn a mean annual wage of $113,190.

If you’re interested in this profession, check out our health care management program.

As you progress in your career, adding on higher degrees/certifications, training, and experience, the healthcare industry can be a very rewarding career choice as there is much scope for career growth.

Interesting Facts

Florida is among the top 5 states in the country for the highest level of employment for medical sonographers, medical assistants, medical records, and health information specialists. Some of the highest employment levels in the country for these professions can be found in the metropolitan area (MA) of Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach. This MA also has some of the highest levels of employment for registered nurses and health managers in the country.

 

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