When I was in school, I completed a test that supposedly identified what areas my brain was best geared towards for future work. I was advanced with mathematics, so it came to no surprise that job titles came back like ‘Actuary’ and ‘Statistician’.
Yet this test was quite linear and didn’t factor in important variables such as lifestyle, potential income and working environments. We often overlook the magnitude of the question “What do you want to do when you grow up?” and how external influences can change the course of our life. (Both in a good or bad way).
Fortunately for me I played a lot of sport, so was exposed to a bunch of people in the medical and allied health industry. This then created the desire to head down that path were 15 years later on, I’m very very grateful for taking. With that in mind, I thought I would share 10 great reasons to work in the allied health industry:
1. Job Satisfaction
This is a pretty simple one. You’re changing peoples lives. When someone comes in to see you for help with some kind of affliction, you provide them with a solution and they get better. That feeling is about as high as you can get.
2. Flexible Time Arrangements
In many areas of allied healthcare there are very flexible time arrangements which is great from a lifestyle point of view. Work life balance is very achievable which provides great quality of life.
2. Demand & Opportunity
Currently there is a chronic health burden in our society which means that there is a high demand for medical and allied health services. (By 2019, this demand will have grown by 36.1%). This provides an excellent opportunity for those that are enthusiastic and willing to take initiative.
4. Job Security
5. Education & Growth
The land of healthcare is a constantly evolving beast and by being part of that industry allows you to be front and centre when new information arises. It’s fantastic to be able to bring this back into the lives of your family members to ensure that they remain as healthy as possible.
Leading on from demand in society is job security. Whilst we have a society that adopts a reactive model of healthcare delivery there will always be a need for allied health services which means work should always be easy to come by.
6. Positive Outlook
There are a lot of positive and inspiring people in the allied health industry that are highly invested in self-betterment. Working alongside these individuals can literally transform the way that you live and view the world.
7. Personal Development
Following on from the above point, having access to so many different perspectives and learnings, the allied health industry provides a great platform for personal development and growth.
8. Working In A Team
Definitely one of my favourite components of work is the team that I get to work alongside people everyday. When you take the above 2 points and they become your day to day reality, it really is easy to head to work everyday.
9. Open Career Pathways
One of the great aspects of getting involved in the delivery of healthcare as it opens up many channels for future learning and career progression, particularly if you wish to be a practitioner one day.
10. Diversity In The Industry
The healthcare industry is super diverse. You can take your career and life in almost any direction you want and you can keep navigating around as much as you want when you want to shake things up and keep life interesting.
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Dr Marcus Yeo (Author)
Dr Marcus Yeo is the owner and founder of MY Chiropractic which is a holistic healthcare centre situated in Eltham Victoria. He has a number of different practitioners as part of his team that all work together to deliver optimum patient outcomes. He is also a corporate health presenter and founder of an allergy friendly food company called Flawless Food.