Thinking of a health care career? Introductory course can answer some questions
Is a career in health care right for you? If so, what area of health care interests you?
The health care field offers a number of career opportunities that are in-demand in today’s marketplace. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, health care practitioners and technical occupations are projected to grow at a rate of 26 percent through 2020, one of the highest rates of any fields. Health care support occupations’ job growth is expected to increase 34 percent.
Jackson Community College offers a variety of career programs relating to the health care field – nursing, sonography, radiography, respiratory care, medical assistant, EKG technician, pharmacy technician and more. While jobs are available and many find the field rewarding, individuals thinking about health care should ask themselves a few questions first.
- Do I enjoy helping others and working with people?
- Am I comfortable in a health care setting, working with the sick and the disabled?
- Do I have a strong science background? Most, though not all, health care careers require a strong knowledge of science.
- How much education and training will this field require, now and in the future?
- Do I enjoy working with others in teams?
To help students decide if health care is right for them, JCC offers HOC 130, Introduction to Health Occupations. This three-credit course takes students through an exploration of today’s health care climate. Through research and classroom discussion, students will examine health care teams, patient interactions, professionalism, safety standards and medical ethics. They will learn the importance of identifying bias, prejudice, and stereotyping as these are barriers to being an effective provider of health care in today’s multicultural society.
Speak with an advisor at any of JCC’s locations to see about enrolling in the HOC 130 Introduction to Health Occupations course.
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