Been in the so call informatics field since 2005, started as a Surginet analyst, then switched over to become a consultant, then became physician provider support in epic, then epic analyst.
For me personally, I want a job that gives me the ability to travel and see different cities, experience different cultures. Thanks to these jobs, I've been sent to Europe and Latin America. But the best part was the ability to work remotely for many years, and since I could work from anywhere, moved to Europe and traveled all over there, learned 2 additional languages, and have enjoyed my life. My bachelors degree has been good enough to allow me to do that, and since I'm not the type who enjoys office politics, getting an advanced degree to have a leadership role has never been my goal, but seeing the world has.
The most painful part in the past was finding employers that would allow remote work, but with covid19, the old guard who believes you have to be in the office 24/7 to do any work is finally realizing that their medieval beliefs will be significantly decreased, if not almost completely abolished!