There are jobs which people do for the love of it. These are known as lifestyle careers and are often extended hobbies. They can be creative and therefore satisfying. However they are rare and often very stressful, because you are your own boss.
Then there is the corporate space. You work in a large building for a medium or large sized company. The job is likely to involve tasks you do not enjoy and therefore job satisfaction is usually lacking.
Then there is the construction and trades collection of jobs. Usually this entails an apprenticeship followed by a move up to a skilled position. This can include jobs like plumbers, brick layers and electricians. There is a certain job satisfaction when a job is done, but the feeling is all too often short lived. You get to look back at your handy work, but then you must quickly move on to the next task.
The final grouping is healthcare. This encompasses a massive range of different jobs, from nurses to vets to surgeons to cancer research. These jobs save lives or at least improve the quality of life for other people. You get to give the best gift of all. Therefore in return you get the most job satisfaction.
Reasons why Healthcare is a Great Career Choice
The healthcare industry is far reaching and encompasses an almost infinite amount of choices. If you have the luxury of being able to go to university; you can spend months pondering the hundreds of different options.
More often than not people who have a career in healthcare do not have to agonize over which area to go into. They usually have “a calling” to a specific area. For example many animal lovers will naturally become vets.
For one of my relatives looking after the elderly became a passion, after she cared for her father in his last 6 months. She was a school dropout, but after he was gone she had “a calling” to become a career. She ended up going to college and finally has ended up at an elderly care home in Stoke on Trent in the UK.
One of my good friends has always had an interest in neuroscience. He has a high IQ and has always questioned the reasons why we make certain choices. I must admit he has actually swayed me to have a passing interest in the science behind our brains. It is a fascinating subject and just like my relative who works in a care home, he really seems to light up when he talks about new developments he is involved with and his general work life.
My final example is one of my oldest friends who was always an observant, patient person. It came as no surprise to our group of friends that he began to study psychology related subjects. It took him to Boulder, Colorado where there is a large collection of like-minded students and therapists. He now has his own practice in Hong Kong. He gets massive satisfaction from his work helping people overcome problems such as anxiety, addiction, grief and depression.
The examples above are just a few reasons why people choose healthcare. They should illustrate that certain people are suited to particular areas of healthcare. They may sometimes have difficult jobs with long hours, but they all have massive job satisfaction, thanks to the rewards of helping others.
"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do." Steve Jobs
The words above by Steve Jobs really ring true in this example of a career choice. If you, like most of us, wish to help people, make a difference in the world and live a happy, satisfying life, then choosing a career which is meaningful is the best route to take.
For Steve Jobs and the technology industry, there are creatives. However there are many “code monkeys” who do work that comes under the dull corporate banner. Not everyone gets to design iPhones and other cool devices. Most people behind the scenes are working on boring coding tasks, or in the factories assembling products.
The percentage of people who work in the care industry who get genuine job satisfaction is higher than in any other career path. The University of Kent has collected data which shows that the happiest professionals are doctors and dentists. It also states that those who work in healthcare are the second least bored (just behind teachers).
“According to the City & Guilds Happiness at Work Index some of the happiest graduate jobs were (in order): doctor, dentist...” University of Kent.
A Word of Warning about the Health Care Industry as Career Choice
There is one downside to working in health care. Studies discussed by Forbes have shown a large number of medical employees feel under paid and under appreciated by their organization. This is due to lack of funds for public services, privatization and will certainly of been made worse by the world wide recession we are still recovering from. Therefore you must choose wisely where to work.
Many doctors feel they are overwhelmed with paperwork. There is also a move to a more corporate environment in this industry in the USA. Looking at research positions, private practices and small care homes (like my examples above), are probably better choices than large hospitals who are subject to takeover bids and corporate “cut backs”.