Have you heard about medical assistant training through a friend, in your community, or through an advertisement on TV? Are you thinking about going back to school? Before making any career decision, it’s important to try to learn as much as you can about your potential career field. This infographic discusses what it’s like to be a medical assistant, and may help you decide whether this career path is the right one for you.
Whether you are just browsing or looking to change careers soon, there are FREE government resources that can help you make a more data-driven decision. In this article, we highlight West Palm Beach's medical assistant career statistics and showcase the government tool where the information was found.
Our school Admissions Director, Salomon Chahin, hosted an informational career event for Forest Hill Community High School students that are interested in a career in health care upon graduation this summer. Students would be fast-tracking their careers and can look forward to entering the workforce in 9 months or less.
If you've ever had a massage, you know it is pleasant and relaxing. You may not have realized it can also have physical and emotional benefits if it is done regularly. There are several types of massage, from deep-tissue therapies to gentle Swedish treatments. They don't replace medical treatment, but they can benefit your body and mind if you have them done on an ongoing basis.
Pharmacy technicians are essential to the day-to-day operations of any pharmacy, nursing home or hospital. They work in a wide array of settings, and their job duties vary with employment location. This means that the expected salary of a pharmacy technician varies greatly depending on education, experience, and work setting.
Now that you’ve graduated it’s time to start thinking about the next steps you’ll need to take to start a lucrative and rewarding career. Which career path is right for you? How can you maximize your education, gain valuable experience, and have a career that is challenging, rewarding, and pays well? You might consider a healthcare job related to the aging population in our country. Healthcare jobs that are focused on people 65 and older are on the rise and have steady job growth potential. An estimated 39 million Americans will be over 65 by the year 2050, and the number of people 85 and older is expected to more than double in the period, to more than 5% of the population. With people living longer, they will be seeking medical assistance, like in-home care and ambulatory services. Here are some reasons you might consider this career path:
Which career path is the right one?
The face of healthcare is changing rapidly. With more specialized services available in hospitals and clinics as well as the growing number of nursing and residential care facilities and home-centered programs, a degree in the medical field is more valuable and marketable than ever. Projections from the Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook forecast 3.2 million new jobs within existing health care job classifications between 2008 and 2018. Among those are a variety of home and personal care health care jobs geared for the elderly. Consider the following:
Personal and Home Health Care Aide
The AARP reports 90% of people 65 and older want to stay in their homes as long as possible. Increasingly people are considering outpatient care and health services that are based in their homes to allow them more comfort and control over their surroundings as they age. With this shift in the industry toward aging in place, home health, and personal care aides are two of the fastest-growing occupations in the country and are projected to continue their growth up to 70% by 2020. A degree in Health Home Care will give you a competitive edge on the job market and better placement by agencies who provide these in-home care specialists. Our program at MIPB gives you the training you’ll need on subjects like safety, infectious diseases, restorative care, vital signs, and more. Typically Home Health Care aides make annual salaries in the $20,000s and these workers often are paid hourly with flexible schedules or on an on-call basis.
Pharmacists play a key role in health care in the United States, especially with the aging population that relies more and more on medications to stay healthy. As one study indicates, 76% of people over 60 use more than 2 prescription drugs and 37% use more than 5. The demand for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians will only increase as prescription drugs continue to be an important part of health in people’s advancing years. What’s more, in May 2016 more than 26.2 percent of pharmacists were 55 years or older, meaning many of them will be due to retire in the next decade or so leaving vacancies that will need to be filled by technicians ready to move up in their careers. Either in a hospital or a retail setting, as a Pharmacy Technician, you’ll measure, package, and fill prescriptions as well as interact with patients, pharmacists, and doctors.
In addition to physical therapy, more elderly patients are considering massage therapy as a way to keep their muscles supple and their joints mobile as they age. As a profession, massage therapy is one of the fastest growing in the nation, with a projected 23% boost by 2022. A massage certification as well as state and national licensing are required for this profession, and the investment is worth the payoff. With a steady client base, this job can be both lucrative and rewarding as you help people increase mobility, comfort, and overall quality of life.
The aging population in this country is encouraging new job openings and career possibilities. With the growing demand for specialization in healthcare professions, getting certified for these roles is advantageous for any job-seeker as the job market gets more competitive. Home Healthcare Aides, Pharmacy Technicians, and Physical and Massage Therapist certification can earn you top dollar in these respective fields while you help an older population transition into their advancing years with ease and grace.
At the Medical Institute of Palm Beach, we offer a variety of training programs that will give you the skills and knowledge you need to take your career to the next level. Check out our list of certifications online or give us a call direct (866) 317-7626. Our representatives can talk with you about our programs to help you determine which one is right for you!
BENEFITS OF ATTENDING A SMALL SCHOOL
(According to Education World & University of Illinois)
1. Students in smaller class rooms have a higher success rate,
A. Higher test scores & grades.
B. Higher graduation rate.
C. Better education.
D. Better employment success.
E. Make for better employees.
When choosing a school you have to ask yourself are you comfortable in a large class room or would you prefer smaller classes where your teacher actually knows you.
Studies show that when teachers and students know each other, the teachers expected more from their students because they knew them better and cared about what happened to them and students acknowledges this to researchers. This also holds true with all the staff and ownership of small schools. In a small school students have the chance to mix with staff and owners and develop a more personal relationship which leads to success. One of the greatest reasons for student achievement was the reduction of anonymity – going to a school where someone knows you and your name. Being known by your teachers and peers makes a difference.
Studies also found that smaller schools are also safer for this reason. With the reduction of anonymity and isolation of students, which reduces fighting and violence, students took more responsibility of their behavior and behavior of their fellow students.
Greatest reason of success in small classroom/small schools
Personalization: One of the most important characteristic of small schools is the personal relationships established between teachers and students. In small schools teachers are closely involved with each student. They know who the students are, they understand their backgrounds and interests, and they have the opportunity to spend large blocks of time with them. In this environment, it is harder for a student to fall through the cracks
Climate: In small schools, teachers and students know one another personally. Such knowledge fosters a sense of community and promotes a climate of mutual respect. The result is fewer discipline problems and an environment that’s tolerant, caring, and safe.
Student Achievement: Smaller classes at smaller schools promote improved student performance. Small schools allow for the development of a clear school mission and a consensus of goals. Common expectations are clearly communicated between student and school. Learning is more likely to be learner-centered and students are less likely to drop out and more likely to graduate.
Morale: In small schools, both teachers and students often have a more active role in decision-making and, therefore, a greater sense of belonging and community. Empowered students are more academically productive.