switch your career to healthcare

How to switch your career to healthcare this year

Christina Omlor

Happy New Year! If you’ve made any career-related resolutions this year, we bet that one of those is to land a new job or even to switch careers completely. Why not do both, by switching into the country’s fastest growing industry – healthcare? If you’re ready to switch it up and start a brand new job in the healthcare industry in 2020, here’s how. 

There’s never been a better time to switch careers to healthcare! The US healthcare system is an unstoppable powerhouse at the moment, which means that hiring and wages are at an all time high, AND job security is really highAccording to the BLS, “The health care and social assistance sector is projected to grow at an annual rate of 2.6%, adding 5 million jobs between 2012 and 2022. This accounts for nearly one-third of the total projected increase in jobs.” 

And, on top of that, medical advances and improvements are expanding the type and number of jobs. Over the last few years, healthcare jobs in administration, IT, research and other exciting areas have all grown big time, along with lots of new jobs that you can do from home! Healthcare administration, in particular, is projected to grow at almost triple the average rate of all U.S. professions! And, market growth for the MedTech is expected to increase over the next few years, opening up opportunities for anyone who wants to work at the intersection between both tech and healthcare. 

What’s not to like? Here are 6 tips for switching your career to healthcare

1. Do your research

Deciding to make the switch is the first step. The next step is to make it happen. To do this, you need to really do your homework. Start by researching healthcare jobs and work out what kind of role/s you would like to take on and what kind of skills/experience you will need to have. 

A good place to start switching your career to healthcare is by looking at the healthcare jobs that are most in demand throughout the country. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the top 10 list for all jobs (of any type) that will grow by 2028 are home health aides, personal care aides, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and speech-language pathologists. Also in the top 20 are physical therapist assistants, genetic counselors, postsecondary health specialties teachers, phlebotomists, physical therapist aides, and medical assistants. Most of these are care roles, but as we said previously, healthcare administration, IT and MedTech are also hiring rapidly so be sure to look at jobs in these areas too, before switching your career. 

Here are some jobs that you could consider: 

Jobs in HealthcareDegree/ Qualification you needWhere to get it from
Registered Nurse Bachelor of Science in Nursing (4 years), Associate of Science degree in Nursing (15 months to 2 years) College or University
Licensed Practical NurseDiploma of Nursing (1 year), Associate of Science degree in Nursing (15 months to 2 years)College
Nursing AssistantAssociate of Science degree in Nursing (2 years), Bachelor degree in Nursing (4 years), Trade school or technical college trainingMedSchool, Trade school or Technical College
Physician Doctor of MedicineMedSchool
Medical Assistant Associate of Science in Medical AssistingMedical Assistant School
Home Health Aide None needed
Clinical Laboratory TechnicianAssociate of Science in Biology, Associate of Science in Chemistry, Associate of Science in Pre-MedicineUniversity or MedSchool
Physical TherapistMaster of Science in Physical Therapy, Doctor of Physical Therapy (3 years)Accredited PT programs
Health Information TechnicianTrade school or technical college trainingTrade School or Technical College
Medical TranscriptionistHigh school diploma, Trade school or technical college trainingHigh school, Trade school or Technical College

2. Evaluate your current skills and experience

Once you’ve made a list of jobs that you are interested in and that are in demand, it’s time to work out whether you have the skills and experience needed to start applying. You need to work out if you could take on a role similar to the one you currently have within the healthcare sector, or whether you want to retrain entirely and go back to school. 

For example, if you work in IT already, you could switch your career from your current industry, into healthcare, but if you’re currently working in marketing and you want to work as a nurse, then you will probably have to go back to school to retrain as a nurse. It depends entirely on your goals. But, you may find that there are ways to use the skills you currently have, especially if you decide to apply for jobs in healthcare administration, IT, or management

3. Tailor your CV for your chosen role

Now you’ve assessed your skills and how you can use them within the healthcare sector, it’s time to work on your CV. Your CV for a marketing job won’t cut it anymore, hiring managers only spend 6 seconds looking at a resume, so the more you tailor your resume, the better your resume will stand out. The best way to do this is to write a new CV for every job by taking a look at the requirements listed on the job description and adding specific details about your experience and how it will help you to excel.

4. Craft a convincing cover letter

Don’t just copy and paste your CV into the cover letter, this is your chance to convince hiring staff to consider you for this job. So, grab their attention, tell them what makes you qualified to do it and what you would bring to the role. Moreover, it’s your chance to tell, why you are keen on switching your career to healthcare. Don’t worry if you’re writing a cover letter for a job you’re not totally qualified for, we have some tips for you there too. 

5. Switch your career by networking

The absolute best way to land a new job is by networking with professionals from the industry. This is because networking not only means getting to know people who do the job/s you want to do, it also means you can acquire all kinds of information about the kind of training you need to do and get lots of tips about where to apply, and where not to. Especially for someone willing to switching careers, networking will also give you a chance to meet real recruitment staff too, so you can build strong professional relationships before you even enter the healthcare industry! 

6. Get ready for your interview

Whether you’ve decided to apply to Med School to retrain, or you’re ready to interview for a job in healthcare, there are lots of things you can do to prepare for the interview. If you’re interviewing for a place at Med School, check out our list of questions and answers, here. If you’re applying for a nursing role, here are 12 common interview questions and answers for you. We even have some tips for preparing for the dreaded ‘what are you passionate about?’ question! Lastly, don’t forget, the interview is a two-way conversation, so make sure you ask your questions too. Here are some suggestions.


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