Today, the healthcare industry is continually experiencing high demand for medical personnel, so much so that demand is constantly outpacing the industry’s current and expected supply.
For many former armed forces members, transitioning from the armed forces into a new career may appear a daunting challenge. However, veterans seeking lasting and meaningful medical career opportunity can find it within the healthcare industry. With the growth the industry is experiencing and will continue to experience along with the distinct advantage of veteran skill and experience, there are plentiful career options and opportunities for former armed forces members (with or without medical experience).
1. Continual industry growth and opportunity
The healthcare industry is seeing continuous growth and tremendous opportunity for many different types. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the industry will be among the top growing industries and projections indicate it will account for one-fifth of all new job opportunities by 2026.
For former armed forces entering the healthcare industry, there will be no shortage of opportunity to find employment and opportunities for growth. Additionally, there are several options for those entering the healthcare industry – especially for those choosing to pursue a career in allied health.
2. Transferrable experience and skills
Although medical knowledge is the most important aspect to enter a career in healthcare, for those without medical experience, there are other ways skills and experience can transfer into your career successfully – after you hit the books, of course.
For one, the rigorous training, discipline, and focus can aid those in allied health careers. Organizations know these skills are advantageous to a career in healthcare, which can often be demanding. Additionally, veterans often carry leadership skills, critical thinking, and problem-solving into new careers, traits organizations often prefer in candidates. Even without prior medical experience, these acquired skills can be applied in the pursuit of additional education to obtain a career in an allied health field.
3. Educational aid and resources
While not every armed forces member that leaves will have experience in healthcare or the medical field, veterans are often eligible to receive financial aid and additional resources to pursue further education or certifications. This is beneficial for those leaving the armed forces who are seeking to pursue a lasting career in the healthcare field but are leaving their current occupation without medical training or knowledge.
4. Join a meaningful career
After leaving a work environment with strong purpose, mission and a team-oriented environment, it may be challenging for veterans to find work that provides a similar sense of purpose and meaning. Office jobs may be deemed too boring and unsubstantial compared to previous experiences.
However, healthcare and the medical field are incredibly service-oriented environments, where the workforce often interacts directly with patients and provides service that can truly change the life of an individual on a daily basis. There are not many accessible occupations that provide this experience, while also providing the opportunity for a growing career.
The transition into a new career can seem challenging or daunting, but careers within the healthcare industry provide an opportunity for veterans to use their experience, knowledge, and skills and apply them to a meaningful career.
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