Careers in healthcare

Healthcare is a booming business, but what can you do with this degree and is it right for you?

The breadth of careers in the health industry is wide and varied, yet each one is just as important and rewarding as the next. It doesn't get much better than earning a great salary for helping people learn to live a healthy life.

Different career paths

You don't have to be a doctor to help someone, although doctors certainly make one of the highest salaries. Other careers in the industry include massage therapist, nutritionist, physical therapist, nurse, chiropractor, yoga instructor, and many more. The amount of education required ranges anywhere from a two year degree up to a Doctorate.

Massage therapy is not just about restorative healing, but preventative healing as well. Massage can help the client become aware of muscles and energies that that they were not aware of before. They learn how to put into practice relaxation and breathing techniques that will target stress areas, and when practiced with good discipline will prevent damage from everyday stress. Massage education entails intensive training in human anatomy, homeopathy and aromatherapy.

Another health field that encompasses both responsive and preventative health care is nutrition. Nutrition is a fast-growing field that extends beyond mere calorie-cutting. It's about finding a balance between food and exercise to confront individual health issues, and it helps people to maintain desired fitness level and just feel good about themselves. A few different career paths one could follow with a nutritional sciences degree are food and nutrition management, public health nutrition, a sports nutritionist, a clinical dietitian, etc. The opportunities are vast.

Nursing is a growing field with a high demand for more individuals eager to learn and help others. A nursing degree can be achieved in as little as two years' time. As a nurse, you have the opportunity to work in a team environment, but the job can also be a very personalized as the nurse gets to know their patients while caring for them.

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