My Daughter who is a Junior in High School is not sure what she wants to do, except that it should be in the Healthcare field. Initially she wanted to be a Nurse, but lately seems to be wavering a bit.
She is currently enrolled in a Dual Enrollment (DE) Program at her High School and so far is doing 3 courses (9 credits) at a Local Community college. For the Winter Term she will be doing 11 credits and for her senior year, she plans to spend the entire year taking classes at the Community College full time (They call it Early Admission). If all goes well, she will probably have close to 60 credits and receive her Associate Degree through the DE. Her current Educational Plan is setup to complete all her prerequisites for a BSN program, which will have her enter directly into a BSN program at one of the State University and complete her BSN in two years. There is still time to change this to a more generic program that would be applicable to other fields. I'm just trying to avoid her going to College and doing a degree that is not marketable and have her spending more funds to finally get a career that is meaningful/rewarding.
My question is: What other career options are available in the Healthcare field for her apart from Nursing, coming out of high school? What are some of the hidden gems that a lot of students are not aware of (Healthcare wise)? If you could do it over, would you pursue nursing as a career or something else within the health sector and what would that be? Thanks in advance for your thoughts/suggestion.
Pharmacy! Pharmacy! Pharmacy!
It pays better; job is nicely respected; physical work environment is clean; work demands generally less stressful.
The entry-level education is a bit longer and continuing, on-going education is the expected norm.
Variety of work specialties, like research, consultation, acute care hosp, drug store, sales, teaching, etc.
Nutritionist/dietician would be a close second.
Honestly, if I had to do it over, I would want to go into pharmacy. Seriously thought of second-careering it into pharm at one time, but life got in the way.
Last edit by amoLucia on Dec 2, '13