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The best way to begin your research is to do your homework on educational programs available at healthcare schools in your area or via online courses. From there, the possibilities are endless. How endless? Case in point: Currently, there are more than 5,700 registered hospitals in the United States, according to AHA Hospital Statistics, which explains why 10 out of 20 occupations projected to grow the fastest are concentrated in health services, as cited by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Add to that the many private facilities, clinics, and practices and home healthcare opportunities, and it's no wonder why health care schools are becoming so popular.
And don't just think that the healthcare field is only for aspiring doctors (although over 67,000 students pursued medical school study in 2004, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges [AAMC). The good news for you is that because the health care field is so expansive, there are multiple opportunities from radiology and pathology to becoming a paramedic or physical therapist. These are thriving fields for those just starting out, as well as professionals who are entering their second careers.
In fact, by enrolling in post-baccalaureate, second degree, or accelerated degree programs, which recognize your previous education and build on it, many adults have made the move to the health care field later in life. When one considers that 81.7% of registered nurses (RNs) are over 35, according to the March 2000 National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses, that shows it's never too late to pursue an education in health care. Diagnosis? Get to searching for health care schools that meet your educational needs - your career health will thank you for it.