Considering a career in health or medicine, but not interested in becoming a clinician? There are options!
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the healthcare industry in the United States is expected to add the most new positions between 2012 and 2022. This amounts to an estimated 5 million positions within a ten year span. While this trend includes an increase of clinicians (i.e., doctors, dentists, physician’s assistants, dental hygienists), it is also reasonable for one to expect growth in a number of other professions within the industry.
Keep in mind, as you consider career paths, that for the thousands of clinicians that are in the labor market within the United States, there exists equal numbers of those that are involved with and support the booming industry as well. For example, over the past five years, students from the University of Richmond have graduated and have taken positions at organizations like the National Institutes of Health, the Center for Disease Control and PPD. These are all organizations that fall within the healthcare and/or medical industries.
With increased attention in recent years on the healthcare industry, there has been a considerable emphasis on students with interests in healthcare administration as well. In many ways, your liberal arts experience at the University of Richmond can be particularly advantageous when it comes time to apply for post graduate opportunities. A person that is interested in healthcare administration could benefit from taking courses in the Robins School of Business, the Jepson School of Leadership and the School of Arts & Sciences. The University of Richmond School of Law has even developed a dual-degree program granting participants a Juris Doctorate (JD) and a Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) from Virginia Commonwealth University.
In conclusion, when thinking long-term about your career path accept the fact that there are multiple ways to get to where you eventually would like to be. If currently a first or second year student, consider being creative with your summer months. Take advantage of a research opportunity on campus, or perhaps through the National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates program. Pursue an internship or summer fellowship – there is an information session on January 30th, 2014 from 4 to 5. Or take some time and volunteer with a local foundation, trust or advocacy organization. These experiential learning opportunities will prove invaluable in your future endeavors!