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Despite the fact that we are in a recession and that the business sector has basically closed its doors to job seekers, the healthcare industry is still facing a shortage of medical professionals. But aside from the fact that there’s always a job waiting for you, what are the other perks of being part of the healthcare sector?

You get to really make an impact.
This isn’t to say that lawyers or teachers do not make a significant contribution to society – they do! But when you work in a hospital or any healthcare facility for that matter, you get to see face to face the people who you are serving. Little by little, you know their stories and their worries somehow become yours as well. It doesn’t matter whether you’re taking care of a person dying with cancer or helping out a struggling mother with a kid that’s sick with the flu. At the end of the day, you know that you helped at least one person by doing your job and, as a reward, you get to soak in that warm and fuzzy feeling.

Job security.
While the feeling that you saved someone’s life is so powerful and inexplicably delightful, there’s nothing that can compare to the feeling of having job security which is what you’ll have when you work in the healthcare industry. Because the preservation of life is a universal value which everyone is trying to protect and uphold, layoffs and downsizing is just unheard of in the medical sector. While consumers can always choose to not purchase a new car or clothes, they’ll always choose to see the doctor should they feel that something is awry with their bodies. And with the populations booming number of aging individuals, the demand for healthcare services is only expected to increase in the next few years.

There are lots of jobs available depending on your education level.
Although you might not find any shortcut if being a doctor or a nurse is your dream, but there are other jobs open for you in the medical sector without you having to spend a number of years in school. For instance, being a phlebotomist only requires a high school diploma or your GED and an enrollment in a short phlebotomy program. Most programs are offered as a one semester or a one ear course. For a job that requires so little training, you’d be surprised at how in demand phlebotomists are.

Sarah Rawson is an avid blogger interested in variety of topics as travel, politics,masters in health administration and medical jobs.