Healthcare Heroes: 8 Tips for Making It In the Medical Industry

Written by
Rebecca Smith

Published
Jul 24, 2018

Jul 24, 2018 • by Rebecca Smith

Did you know there are more than a million doctors in the United States? So if you're entering the healthcare industry, you're up against a lot of competition.

But don't worry! There are lots of things you can do to make it in the healthcare business.

Here are 8 great tips. Check them out!

What Jobs Are Available in the Healthcare Business?

The healthcare industry offers a wide variety of careers. Here are a few of the options available.

Clinical or Direct Patient Care

This is what most people think of when they hear about jobs in healthcare. This includes physicians, nurses, and other professionals who go to school and train to work directly with patients.

They work in clinics, hospitals, and some even work in the in-home care field.

Healthcare Administration

Careers in healthcare administration include those who will oversee the facilities that provide patient care.

Hospital administrators, for example, oversee the logistical needs of a hospital to make sure that doctors, nurses, technicians, and other staff can do their jobs.

Other

There are hundreds of other non-clinical positions in the healthcare industry that work to make sure that people have access to benefits, medicine, and care.

So if medical school isn't in our future, don't be discouraged! There are many other options for you!

8 Tips For Making It In the Medical Industry

Here are our fail-safe tips for breaking into the healthcare industry!

1. Do Your Research

First, you need to do some research. Before you make a choice on what you want to do in the medical industry, it's important for you to make sure you're going to like it!

Find out what areas of the healthcare industry interest you the most. Try to stay up to date on news and trends in the industry. Things change quickly and are constantly evolving and you want to be caught up on the latest news.

There are all kinds of news sources about the healthcare industry. No matter what area of the field you're interested in, you'll be able to find information about it.

These news sources often can help you learn which companies are hiring in your area. You'll also learn how to speak intelligently about the industry which will help you when you're applying for positions.

2. Choose a Field

Next, you've got to pick your field. It's time to narrow down your choices.

If you're wanting to go to medical school to become a nurse or doctor, do some general research about the different areas of medicine to see what stands out to you the most.

The good news for you is that you'll have the chance in medical school to learn a lot more before you make your final choice.

If you're wanting to be in a different area of the medical field that doesn't require medical school, take some time to assess your skill set.

What are you currently doing? What skills do you have that could transfer to a healthcare company?

In healthcare, there are all types of jobs in sales, marketing, IT, secretarial work, and more. If you are a professional in one of these areas, you're on the right track already.

If you don't have much experience in the corporate world, there are still entry-level positions like a receptionist or filing clerk that you could start with. Once you have a foot in the door, it will be much easier to make your way up.

3. Get Educated

If direct patient care is your passion, medical school is in your future. No matter your age, you can make this happen. Just be warned that it will take many years of schooling, so the sooner you start, the better.

If you're currently in college, meet with an advisor to make sure you're on the right track to get into medical school. Even if your current college doesn't have a medical school, they usually have advisors who are specifically trained in helping you prepare.

4. Start Networking

Another thing you should do is to start networking. In business, it's common to hear that it's not what you know, it's who you know.

In the medical field, both are true. You need the technical knowledge, but you also need to network in order to find the best possible position.

Join healthcare professional groups or volunteer in doctors offices or hospitals to meet other professionals in the industry. This will help you have more connections that could potentially help you find a job in the future.

5. Find and Work With a Mentor

Finding a mentor is key to your healthcare success. Find someone who is experienced in the industry who is well-connected. They'll be able to help you network and can help you through the political aspects of the healthcare system.

Often, the best way to find a mentor is by volunteering at an office or hospital if you're going to med school.

6. Determine What You Already Have to Offer

Take a look at your job experience and education and see what can "transfer over".

Just because you're moving into a new industry doesn't necessarily mean you have to start at the bottom of the heap.

Consider what your past experience can contribute to your new industry and incorporate those things into your resume.

The healthcare industry has jobs in sales, IT, reception, administration, translating, etc.

Utilize your training and previous job experience in your pursuit of a job in healthcare!

7. Be Prepared to Take a Cut At First

If you've already been working for some time, then entering a new industry might mean that you have to start near the bottom again.

You may not need to go back to entry-level, but you may need to be prepared to take a pay cut or rank reduction.

But don't get discouraged. It's a fair price to pay for working in the field that you actually love and are passionate about.

8. Don't Give Up!

Starting something new often means late nights, extra work, and dedication. There will be times when you feel overwhelmed and might even think you can't move forward with your medical career.

But don't give up! Keep pushing forward. You'll be glad you did.

What Next?

Now that you know how to land your dream job in the healthcare business it's time to get started!

You can begin looking for healthcare jobs today by checking out our Healthcare Jobs Board for current listings in your area!

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