Since it is that time of year where we are firmly in the midst of the “12 Days of Christmas”, let’s examine another list of twelve. We all have something to be thankful for, and your career as a healthcare professional is no doubt very rewarding. We hope you enjoy our 12 Perks of Being a Healthcare Professional.
- Saving Lives. There are only a handful of professions that provide you with the opportunity to save a life. Without question, the majority of life-saving professions are in healthcare. Saving a life doesn’t always happen in the ER, either. When a patient needs treatment of any kind, that healthcare hero helping them rehabilitate or improve or heal is not just improving that patient’s life, in a lot of ways, they are saving it. That’s pretty heady stuff and something that will stay with you for the rest of your life.
- Career Growth and Opportunity. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 13 of the 20 fastest growing careers are related to healthcare. Your choice to pursue a career in nursing, advanced practice care, or allied healthcare will provide you with numerous opportunities for growth, variety, and choices for the future.
- A Schedule to Fit Your Lifestyle. One of the best perks of being in healthcare is the scheduling options that are available to you. Medicine is a 24 x 7 industry meaning that no matter what your personal situation is, there is a schedule that can match your needs. If you need to work nights, check. Weekends, check. Want to travel, big check. The choices are almost endless. If you feel like your career isn’t giving you the choices you need, then we need to talk.
- PJ’s for a Work Uniform. Aside from those who have the ability to work from home, there aren’t many other professions that allow you to wear pajamas to work. Scrubs are lightweight, comfy, and they come in an endless variety of colors, patterns, and designs. Now that is a perk that would make most people jealous!
- Exercise Without Trying. As a healthcare professional, especially for nurses and PTs, during a single shift on the job, there is a good chance that you will walk up to four miles. That is a lot of steps providing you with the benefit of fitness-while-you-work.
- Great Benefits. Because healthcare professionals are in such high demand, many organizations are putting together outstanding benefits packages to attract and retain employees. From extra vacation time to comprehensive health, dental, and vision packages, if you aren’t happy with the benefits at your current job, then it is time to see what else is out there.
- Job Security. With that is the comfort of knowing you are a highly sought after professional and have a great deal of job security compared to other occupations. As noted in the job growth statistic from BLS, healthcare occupations are growing, and job security is a given in any growth environment.
- Friends and Family Stay in Touch. As a healthcare professional, you rarely have to worry about losing touch with your loved ones. Friends and family will continually be reaching out to you for advice or with questions about dad’s high blood pressure or Sarah’s sprained MCL from field hockey. Let’s face it; you are always going to be popular.
- No Fear. The longer you are in your career as a healthcare pro, the more you will have seen. Some of it can be downright nasty, but none of it will faze you. When the pressure is on, or you find yourself in an emergent situation, you will have the capacity to act calm and with a sense of urgency. When others are frozen with fear, your career has prepared you to deal with almost any situation.
- No Boredom. As noted above, when things are hitting the fan, you can work through it. What this also means is that no 8- or 12-hour shift will ever be the same. You will not spend your life in a sea of cubicles staring at spreadsheets. You have the fortune of being in an exciting, although sometimes chaotic, environment.
- R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Every time you hear Aretha belting out that song on the radio, a part of you should swell with pride knowing that “RESPECT” is something that you and others in healthcare get from their patients and the world. Being a healthcare professional means holding a place of esteem in the eyes of the public. And, in today’s world, being respected for what you do is a great thing.
- Good Pay. No, being a healthcare professional is not a ticket to getting rich, but it is an opportunity to make a good living with good pay. You have chosen a career that has a long track record of providing a good return on the investment you made in college. How many friends do you know that went to college and ended up in a field that is not even close to what they studied? And many are most likely still paying off those pesky student loans.
So there are our twelve perks of being a healthcare pro and we didn’t even mention the perks of helping to bring babies into the world or working in a team environment where everyone sticks together for the common good of the patient. Unfortunately, there are only 12 Days of Christmas or we could have gone on for another several hundred words with other great perks. In the comment section below, we would love for you to share your thoughts on the perks of being in healthcare. Or tell us your story on our Facebook page.