In the past, people have considered the healthcare industry to be a male-dominated field. Despite many women thriving in the area of healthcare, people tend to assume that it’s mainly men providing our care. That’s simply not true. In fact, in recent years, more and more women have begun climbing the ladder and are entering the healthcare field at all levels, dominating the industry and breaking those glass ceilings! It’s long been assumed that the only careers for women in healthcare field are in nursing. While that’s a viable career option, there are several other careers in health to choose from.
Below is a list of five of the best healthcare careers for women interested in health-related jobs:
We’ve already mentioned this one, but it bears repeating because nursing is a great, rewarding career. Nurses are in high-demand, can choose from a variety of jobs (nurses are everywhere, from ERs to general practitioners offices, specialized medicine and everywhere in between) and are well-respected, necessary members of the community. Nurses are the lifeblood of any hospital or doctor’s office and any doctor would gladly admit they’d be lost without them. Nurses also make good salaries, enjoy great benefits and usually get at least one day off per week.
Female doctors have been on the rise for the past several decades. For years now, women have been rising to the top of the medical field in specialized areas, including cardiology, ophthalmology, pediatrics, gynecology, and more. Whether you’re interested in working for a hospital as an ER doctor, a specialized consultant, or dream of having your own general practice one day, training to become a doctor, while a strenuous and demanding course of study, will pay off in dividends (not to mention earn the respect and admiration of everyone you know. Who doesn’t love a doctor?).
Many women enter the field of pharmaceuticals or pharmacology. This is a fast-growing field as well, as medicines are always in high demand. It’s a rewarding and exciting job, working with manufacturers to create life-saving medicines and vaccines.
Interested in the medical field, but hate the sight of blood or don’t want to examine patients? A career in medical billing might be right for you. It’s a lucrative and in-demand career, and you’ll primarily be calling insurance companies and patients, reconciling billing questions and handling invoices. If you’re into an office job that pays well and has good benefits, this might be the career for you!
Yes, even hospitals have CEOs, COOs and managers on staff. If you’re interested in health, but also love management, this might be the perfect fit for you. Female leadership is at an all-time high in hospitals and health care centers around the country. Be at the top of your field, consulting with the board of directors and doing everything you can to provide the residents of your area with the best possible health care.
So there you have it, five great careers for women in the healthcare industry. With so many capable women in charge of our health, the future has never looked brighter!