8 Reasons to Consider a Career in Healthcare and Wellness

If you’re looking for an exciting, rewarding and fast-paced career, the healthcare and wellness field may be right for you. 

There are many different pathways to healthcare, each with its own unique set of responsibilities. The Center for Career Development and the Pre-Medical and Pre-Dental Advising Office encourage pre-health students to actively explore the variety of health career options to ensure that they are pursuing a profession that will be personally and professionally fulfilling – and a good fit for their strengths, interests, and long-term goals.

Learning about the different types of jobs available in healthcare and the salary and outlook for each can help you evaluate whether a career in healthcare and wellness is right for you. Here are 8 reasons why you might want to consider a role in this exciting and expanding industry:

  1. Fulfilling work. Healthcare and wellness professionals spend their time making a difference in other people’s lives. For many, this can increase motivation and overall job satisfaction.
  2. Above-average earning potential. Many careers in the healthcare industry offer an above-average salary.
  3. Strong job outlook: Due to the aging Baby Boomer population, the healthcare industry is continuing to expand and is anticipated to grow by 14% from 2018 to 2028.
  4. Stimulating work environment. Most healthcare professionals experience a fast-paced workday with a continually changing atmosphere.
  5. Variety of career paths. There are a wide variety of different career options within the healthcare and wellness field, and many professionals can even change their positions multiple times to try different things before deciding on a specialty.
  6. Opportunity to travel. Healthcare professionals are in demand around the nation and world, from large cities to developing communities, giving professionals the opportunity to explore new parts of the country and world.
  7. Positions at all educational levels. There are thousands of positions available in healthcare, whether you have a high school diploma, a bachelor’s degree or a specialized medical degree.
  8. Flexible schedules. Since citizens need help from medical professionals day and night, many positions offer professionals a flexible work schedule, including the option to work overnights, short work weeks or remotely.

The Pre-Medical and Pre-Dental Advising Office provides resources and advising to UConn students and alumni interested in pursuing any career in the health professions. Prospective applicants can make an appointment with a Pre-Med and Pre-Dental advisor at any time to learn more.

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By Zachary Macinnes
Zachary Macinnes Assistant Director of Corporate Partner Relations