If you’re thinking about pursuing a career in health care
, you may not necessarily need an advanced degree to break into the emerging field, but there are a few things you will need to do to make sure you are prepared to work in the industry. – Think about the optionsWith the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicting unprecedented growth in health care through the end of the decade, now is a good time to think about different options within the field. During this past July alone, jobs in health care increased by 12,000 positions across the U.S. We have a continued need for health care workers, Workforce Solutions South Plains Chief Executive Officer Martin Aguirre told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. “You name the branch and there’s a need for people with two-year technical degrees.”The industry is also expected to need workers for ambulatory services, administrative roles, athletic trainers, physical therapy aides and other jobs that may have different requirements. You can take an online aptitude test to determine which skills you have that may best suit certain jobs. – Consider going back to schoolIf you are transitioning into the health care field, you may want to consider additional training in order to land a good job. Many higher education institutes are offering speciality courses including medical coding and information technology, project management, medical assistant and administration. – Apply for the right jobsElizabeth McHugh, staff specialist at health care technology company NextGen Healthcare, said she sees many candidates apply for jobs in the health care field who have not read the entire job description. She said that job seekers need to make sure they read all the job requirements and address how they can satisfy those needs in their resumes.Your resume should also contain an opening statement that highlights your skills and how they relate to the job, especially if you are transitioning into the field from another industry. – Treat it like any other jobOnce you’re ready to apply to a health care job, you should go through many of the same steps you would when applying to any other position.John Erwin, CareNet President said there’s little difference to getting a job in health care than in other industries.Our HR team looks for the same qualities that any HR staff would look for – personality, understanding of the role, and professionalism, Erwin added.