Health Careers

Helping to heal others

While you won't be able to become a doctor strictly by studying online, you can prepare for several different healthcare fields through distance education. The most common among these include:

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If you're already working in the healthcare field, you'll also find that you can easily complete upgrading and continue your training over the Internet.

Where to go from here

If you've decided to pursue a career in health and medicine, you'll have to narrow your focus and select a specialty.

If you're not particularly interested in the physical aspect of the health industry, you might select to work in the social area of well-being, and direct your career toward psychology and sociology. Some of the jobs you'll find in this area are:

  • Social worker
  • Child protection worker
  • Drug and alcohol counseling
  • Anger management training
  • School counselor
  • Psychiatrist

On the other hand, you might enjoy the science and the problem-solving aspects of working with physical health and medicine. If this is the case, perhaps you'll choose to become a registered nurse. Your education will be science-based, with additional training in bedside manner and patient communication.

Most registered nurses complete some on-campus schooling and supplement with online learning to enhance their qualifications and complete additional training. This allows them to qualify for more advanced positions and a higher salary.

Dentistry is another option if you enjoy the physical side of health care. While online learning will not be able to provide you with the qualifications required of a dentist, it can lead you into several related fields, such as:

  • Dental assistant
  • Dental office administration
  • Oral surgeon assistant

Benefits of a Career in Health

A career in health and medicine will allow you to help people on a daily basis. If you're a "people person", you'll never feel like you're at work because you'll spend your days getting to know your patients and their needs. You can get a true sense of community out of a job that's so oriented toward the public.

An additional benefit to a career in the health industry is that there is a constant demand for professionals, and you'll be able to take your skills with you wherever you go. The requirements for a position in the health field are generally the same throughout the country.

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