5 surprising perks of working in healthcare

Susanna Kahr

People enter the healthcare industry for lots of different reasons. Whilst working as a nurse or doctor has always had the perk of being able to make a difference in people’s lives, there are now so many other perks available for healthcare professionals, read on to find out more about 5 of the most surprising perks of working in this industry. 

Job security

The United States’ baby boomer generation is getting to the age where they need more care and this means that the healthcare industry is thriving in the U.S. right now. Whilst some of the country’s biggest industries are employing less people, healthcare is growing exponentially, so much so that according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predict that there could be as many as 4.1 million new jobs in the industry by 2026! Also, eight out of the 20 fastest growing careers belong to the healthcare industry. This is great news for healthcare professionals as it means that job growth and security are ensured for the next 7 years and beyond! 

“It’s a secure job, in a company that is growing.” – anonymous employer review at Deaconess Hospital

High earning potential 

The impressive growth of the healthcare industry means that there is high demand for healthcare professionals across a number of roles right now! This means that the first ten of the highest paying jobs in America right now are in healthcare! To find out more about which roles are growing the fastest, check out this article about why there’s never been a better time to get a job in the healthcare industry. Regardless of the type of job you are interested in, be it patient facing or non-patient/people facing, the high demand for health professionals is evident across the board and this means high salaries for everyone. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics states that healthcare admin jobs offer nearly $85,000 as an annual salary and physician assistants (median salary $90,930) and registered nurses (median salary $65,470) are seeing increased salaries too. 

“We are treated and paid well.” – anonymous employer review at Massachussetts General Hospital

Competitive benefits

Since the competition for qualified healthcare professionals is so high right now, healthcare employers are now having to offer good benefits to attract and retain the best employees, which is great news for you! So, if you’re looking for a job in healthcare, you should expect benefits such as health insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, vision care, vacation and paid sick time. You can also expect training offers and reimbursement for education in order to help you to advance in your career. To find out more about the benefits offered by potential employers, make sure to look up them up on kununu as you can see how employees score their employers and benefits on each company’s profile. 

“Everyone is friendly and there are great benefits.” – anonymous employer review at Mayo Clinic

Opportunity to Travel

Qualified medical professionals are needed all around the country right now and all around the world too. Unlike in the past, your career in healthcare is not limited to your town or state anymore. Qualifying as a healthcare professional means that you open up doors for work opportunities all around the country and even the world. If you’re a qualified RN, a great way to get started is to start working as a Travel Nurse

“Great company and great people putting nurses to work and helping people around the world!“– anonymous employer review at HealthCarousel

Flexible Hours

Last but not least, you can expect to work flexible hours in the healthcare industry, which is a great perk for keeping that all-important work-life balance and spending time with your friends and family. Despite what you might think, working in healthcare doesn’t mean having to work all hours of the day. As healthcare centers are open 24/7 they need people to work at all hours, so you can choose the schedules that work for you. Just check out the employee reviews on kununu to see if your potential employer offers this, before you apply or go to an interview. 

 

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If you’re looking for your first job in healthcare then check out these 10 healthcare companies that are hiring entry level talent right now. Or, if you’ve been working in healthcare for a while, tell us about the benefits that you’ve received from your employer. Whether your employer offers flexible hours and great pay, or long shifts and minimal pay, we want to know. Your reviews help us to help jobseekers find the right healthcare employer for them. 

 

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