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Healthcare covers a huge range of services with a high level of responsibility. From doctors, to midwives, to veterinary science, to pharmacists, to dentists, all healthcare workers are highly specialised in their field.
The routes into these industries can require incredibly long training periods and for roles such as doctors, surgeons or dentists you’ll have a long path of learning and examinations to become fully qualified. Even then, you’ll have to continue with ongoing training. Equally, though, the pay is high and the work that you do is vital to the wellbeing of others.
The NHS is the biggest employer for healthcare professionals with a workforce of over 1.5 million people and it also has a lot of placement opportunities. In addition there is always the option to work the private sector of healthcare. The private sector tends to have better working benefits, however there are fewer opportunities at entry-level.
There are numerous different routes you can take to get into a career in healthcare. Although doctors and nurses do typically require years of training, there are many other roles available for different levels of education. For example, there are NHS apprenticeships for ambulance practitioners, clinical healthcare support workers or work in pharmacy services.
Also, with an ageing population there is also a growing demand for care services and most of the roles will offer a high level of job security and stability.
If you prefer animals to people, you could still work within the healthcare industry through working in a veterinary practice, with animal charities or even a zoo. There tends to be more apprenticeships available for these roles, although to be a fully qualified vet will require a degree and then further training.
All of these roles have a direct impact on the community and the work makes a real difference in people’s lives – whether you’re delivering a baby, fixing someone’s teeth or making their pet feel better. It’s an incredibly rewarding career choice.