Five Reasons to Choose a Career in Health Care


A career is more than receiving a steady paycheck. You spend the majority of your life at work, and choosing the appropriate field to spend such an inordinate amount of time is a decision you should make with care and thoughtful contemplation.
For anyone considering working in the health care industry, whether an undergraduate or a professional mulling a career change, the following five reasons might persuade you:

You can apply a health care career to your passion. 

According to Laurie Castellano, RN, an education specialist and Nursing Service Orientation (NSO) coordinator with Palomar Health who onboards new nursing personnel, you can find a health career that marries your outside interest (such as music, art, fitness or nutrition) with your work. For example, a fitness nurse works with patients who need assistance integrating physical training with proper recovery. You can even work with athletes training for the Olympics.

Your position can reflect your lifestyle.

The health care industry runs 24/7, allowing you to choose a career that meets your preferred routine. Night owls can work graveyard shifts or morning people can start before the sun rises. Do you have interests you’d like time to pursue? Do you have children and you’d like to be home when they get out of school? In health care, you can work as much or as little as you want. In addition, you can leave the field and return. “If you need to take time off to take care of family, you can come right back,” says Castellano.

The world will always need health care professionals.

Growth projections for employment in the health care industry is increasing 15 percent from 2019 to 2029, which is much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The median wage for health care practitioners and technical occupations also remains higher than average for all occupations in the economy. 

The lifelong learners can move on to something new.

“The sky is the limit with career choices,” says Castellano. “If you work in obstetrics and want to move into the emergency room, you can do this.” You have the opportunity to stick to one department your entire career or move into a new medical service line, as your clinical skills can transfer.

​​If you’re looking for a career change, you can bring your previous experience into this new field.

Previous teachers can work in nursing education settings; full-time moms looking to get into the workforce can use the skills gained in raising their children and work in pediatrics. If the sight of blood makes you weak, you don’t need even need to work in a clinical setting. Castellano says in NSO she had an electrical engineer who became a nurse, and he now works in a technical clinical field, using his engineering background every day. 

Palomar Health offers a number of health care jobs and internships. For more information on open positions, visit our Job Center. The Palomar Health Pathmaker internship provides hands-on experience to high school and college-level students interested in pursuing health care careers.

​Photo caption: A career in the health care industry is full of options and opportunities to fit your lifestyle.

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