The health care field features a broad gamut of jobs that includes physicians, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, and hospital administrators. The large number of jobs available, combined with the unyielding demand for health care services, makes this field popular among job-seekers looking for security in their careers.
Dentistry ranks as a top career in the health care field, according to a study by U.S. News and World Reports. The study reports that dentists enjoy a high degree of job satisfaction that stems from the career's median salary of over $140,000 per year and its reputation for offering a good work-life balance.
Nurse practitioners and physical therapists also enjoy satisfaction in their careers, along with excellent job security and above-average pay and work-life balance. Nurse practitioners are capable of performing many of the same duties as physicians, such as examining patients and prescribing medicine. Unlike physicians, however, a nurse practitioner cannot perform surgery.
Physical therapists assist people recovering from injuries and sickness by helping them regain their physical strength. In return, they enjoy an above-average income, and they generally keep family-friendly hours.
For those looking to enter the health care field without attending six to eight years of school, careers as registered nurses and licensed practical nurses remain popular. Becoming a registered nurse requires only two years of schooling, while a student can obtain an LPN certification in nine months to a year.