With a vastly growing population, it is a necessity to have an advancing Health Care industry with greater sophistication, meeting the individual needs of the people.
The Health Care industry is among the largest employers in the world and it is only getting bigger.
As the health care industry advanced, so has its requirements. Today, there is the need for a wide range of Health care professionals ranging from technicians to scientists. Hence, the opportunities to be exploited from these advancements are many.
Here, I will be going through certain Trending and Growing Health Care Professions:
1. Occupational Therapists
What do they do?
Occupational Therapist is a Healthcare Professional who is specialized in conducting patient evaluations and treatments to develop, recover or maintain the daily living and work skills of people for a variety of physical, emotional or developmental conditions.
Minimum Requirements to be an OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST?
- Bachelor’s degree or higher in occupational therapy from accredited institutions.
- Valid license to practice occupational therapy.
- Proven working experience as occupational therapist
- Excellent knowledge of principles and practices of occupational therapy
- Familiarity with ADLs evaluation tools (e.g. Katz ADL scale, Lawton IADL scale)
- Ability to manage patients with different types of personalities
2. Respiratory Therapist
What do they do?
Respiratory Therapist is a Healthcare Professional who treats people with breathing or cardiopulmonary problems. They are responsible for performing and administering respiratory therapy treatments to patients ranging from premature infants whose lungs are underdeveloped and children and adults who have lung diseases such as cystic fibrosis, asthma, and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), with breathing exercises, monitoring physiological responses to therapy and direct treatments given by aides, technicians and assistants.
Minimum Requirements to be a RESPIRATORY THERAPIST?
- Associate or Bachelor’s degree or higher in Respiratory therapy from accredited institutions
- Valid license to practice.
- BLS and/or CPR certification.
- Excellent communication and patient management skills.
3. Physical Therapists
What do they do?
Physical therapists (PTs) are Healthcare Professionals who diagnose and treat individuals of all ages, from newborns to the very oldest, who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. PTs examine each individual and develop a plan using treatment technique to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability.
Minimum Requirements to be a PHYSICAL THERAPIST?
- Graduate degree or higher in physical therapy
- Valid license to practice physical therapy
- In-depth knowledge of treatment practices
- Outstanding patient management skills
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Attention to details
- Motivating attitude
What do they do?
A Phlebotomist serves patients by identifying the best method for retrieving specimens, preparing specimens for laboratory testing, performing screening procedures. Successful Phlebotomists most often display exceptional communication, listening and customer service skills and possess the ability to work with a diverse public body as well as a variety of professionals.
Minimum Requirements to be a PHLEBOTOMIST?
- Diploma or Bachelor’s in Phlebotomy or equivalent or extensive on-the-job training.
- Experience with effective puncture techniques
- Understanding of proper patient identification methods
- Knowledge of legal requirements about drawing blood, handling fluid samples and use of relevant medical equipment and material
- Ability to use computers
5. Advanced Registered Nursing Practitioners (APRN)
What do they do ?
Advanced registered nurse practitioners are nurses who provide either primary or specialty care services to patients. APRNs include nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse anesthetists, and nurse midwives, and all play a pivotal role in the future of health care. Generally taking on many of the same responsibilities as physicians, Nurse Practitioners serve an important function in the Healthcare system. APRNs treat and diagnose illnesses, advise the public on health issues, manage chronic disease, and engage in continuous education to remain ahead of any technological, methodological, or other developments in the field.
Minimum Requirements to be an ADVANCED REGISTERED NURSE PRACTITIONER (APRN)?
- Master’s degree in Nursing.
- Extensive experience in respective field of specialization.
- Valid License.
The drive to continually learn and keep tabs with the changing trends and developments in ones discipline is the corner stone to being a successful professional. Employers are always on the lookout for ardent learners, as they are an asset to any organization. Irrespective of the discipline we chose the two important skills to always hold on to are – ADAPTABILITY and FLEXIBILITY, which will help one to adjust and succeed in the ever growing and advancing JOB industry.