A career in healthcare involves working directly with patients in a clinic, doctor's office, or hospital setting. Healthcare careers vary from entry-level positions with basic technical training to advanced positions such as surgery and hospital administration. The healthcare field is extremely varied in specializations and workplace settings.
Healthcare providers have varied academic preparation. Entry-level work requires an Associate's degree and technical training, such as equipment set-up, calibration, and cleaning. More advanced positions include nursing, medical assistantships, and work as a fully credentialed physician. Medical doctors work in a myriad of health specialties from surgery, the anesthesia, to oncology. In many cases professionals advance through the fields gaining entry-level experience and then enrolling in intensive academic training courses or medical or nursing schools. At the highest levels professionals may study and train to become medical administrators, working to manage hospital and clinic facilities.
Healthcare jobs have a wide variety of settings, In some cases people work in private practice settings, which are typically small office spaces that serve a limited group of patients. Hospitals tend to vary in size from fairly small to very large institutions with thousands of employees. These settings provide job placements in a number of departments. Healthcare jobs may also be found in private rehabilitation or care facilities, such as drug treatment or elder care. These settings employ doctors, nurses, and medical technicians in a wide variety of positions.
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