The Future is Bright for Careers in Nursing
If you listen to the media pundits, you probably think that now is the worst time in recent history to be entering the job market. With our country experiencing a definite financial downturn and the global economy in serious jeopardy, this is true for most career options. But some occupations are holding steady and even seem poised to expand in the coming years. Nursing is one such line of employment.
From becoming a registered nurse in an ER or private practice to offering assistance and education to children as a school nurse to entering a caregiver situation in a private home, opportunities in nursing do not seem likely to subside over the next decade and here’s why. For starters, everyone needs health care. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but we’re all going to contract an illness, have an accident, or simply experience failing health at some point in our lives. We’ll need a nurse (or at the very least, our doctor will), and some of us more than others. The sizeable generation known as the baby boomers is currently hitting retirement age. As they continue to age, the number of senior citizens requiring medical care in this country is going to skyrocket, creating a need for more medical professionals. And since this time is nearly upon us, nurses will soon be in high demand.
But there’s more to it than that. The recent passage of health care reform has guaranteed that previously uninsured Americans will now have access to medical care through the implementation of a public program. This means that millions of people who avoided hospitals and doctor’s offices in the past will soon be seeking preventive care and other medical services. This bodes well for nursing, which will surely become one of the few occupations to offer employment in unparalleled numbers over the next several years. In fact, there is a good chance that our country will experience a deficit of qualified individuals as college recruiters scramble to fill the gap.
So if you’re still trying to figure out your college curriculum and you’re considering nursing, or even if you set to embark upon a career, getting into the job market should soon be even easier. A few years ago, people going into web design were taking their pick of jobs and demanding higher salaries due to a small supply of qualified workers facing an overwhelming demand. Nursing is set to experience a similar situation in the coming years. Those who are qualified will certainly experience the benefits of coming into the profession at just the right moment to capitalize on what looks to be a wide open field.Guest Post by: Sarah Leonard of the Nursing Degree Website.