Want to Work in Healthcare? Go for These Degrees
Pursuing your passion as your profession is a phenomenal way to improve life and your family’s financial situation. But selecting the right degree for your profession can be challenging and create a lot of pressure. These degrees can create an impact on your earning potential and career trajectory because a lot of time and resources go into them. The Healthcare industry is the fastest-growing field and after the pandemic of Covid-19, obtaining a healthcare degree is one of the smartest decisions that you can make. Those who are interested in medicine, science, and technology and want to help others can choose the healthcare profession. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the healthcare industry will create 2.4 million jobs by 2026. So let’s break down various degrees that you can study to start your career as a successful healthcare worker:
- Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)
If you want to study and promote individuals’ well-being and quality of life, this degree is for you. In the BSW program, students learn to serve individuals, communities, and families, especially those who are underserved and facing the impact of their medical diagnosis. It is the first step in acquiring basic knowledge and skills in the field of social work. A career as a social worker can be fulfilling and rewarding. As a social worker, you will help others to improve their mental, behavioral and physical lives by contributing to the treatment plan and working with other healthcare specialists. If you want to expand your education and engage in clinical social work after BSW, you can study accredited MSW programs that will prepare you for clinical or supervisory licensure.
A Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) is the first degree to become a general surgeon or physician. Surgeons and physicians engage in the diagnosis of illness or different types of injuries. The first thing that a physician does is history taking of the patient. This information is placed in the patient’s chart and updated after every visit of the patient to the clinic. The physician reviews the tests and observes any abnormality. If any abnormality is present, the physician will develop a treatment plan for the patient. A physician can also guide patients by discussing proper nutrition, exercise, and other matters.
Surgeons are those physicians that perform surgeries to treat deformities, diseases, and injuries. They use surgical skills along with their skills to perform surgeries to repair physical deformities and damaged bone tissue.
The degree of dentists is BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery). A dentist is the one who diagnoses and treats problems of your teeth and gums or other areas of your mouth. They remove decay from decaying teeth, fill cavities and also guide them on how to care for their teeth and gums. They protect teeth by applying whitening agents or sealants. The average pay for a dentist in developed countries is approximately $156,240. To become a professional dentist, you must master dental care instruments such as X-ray machines, mouth mirrors, forceps, and drills.
Pharm.D is the abbreviation of Doctor of Pharmacy, also known as a Pharmacist. Pharmacists directly deal with drug discovery to drug dispensing. As a pharmacist, you will have extensive knowledge of prescribing effective and safe use of medicine. Pharmacists ensure that physicians’ instructions are correct and the prescribed medicine is not going to cause toxicity or any other adverse drug reaction. Pharmacists work in different environments such as industry, hospitals, communities, armed forces, government organizations, and research. If you want to pursue Pharm.D as your profession, you can search for the best pharmacy schools on the internet according to your budget.
- Bachelor of Nursing
Bachelor of Nursing or BSN is a 4-year degree program for those who want to opt for nursing as their profession. The average pay of nurses is approximately $113,930. Nurses provide primary and specialty healthcare to the patient, but the job can be different from region to region. They can take a patient’s initial history and sometimes perform a medical examination if a doctor is unavailable. They can also diagnose some medical conditions because they are trained on different medical equipment.
- Doctor of Optometry
A doctor of Optometry or OD is the one who examines our eyes and related parts. The duration of this degree varies from country to country. In Pakistan, this degree is of 4-years, but in the U.S.A., it is of 7-8 years. They are usually involved in diagnosing disorders in the eyes of patients and treating these disorders. An optometrist can perform eye tests and also analyze the result of these tests. They can specialize in specific areas such as ‘low vision treatment’ or in the treatment of babies and children. Optometrists can prescribe glasses and contact lenses to patients if they need them. Smoking can affect eyesight.
Healthcare degrees are economically viable and set you on a lucrative career path. Demand for healthcare professionals will not decrease. Depending upon your passion and choice, hundreds of fields are available in the healthcare profession in which you can excel. But choosing the right field is your duty; no one can do it for you.