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Old 04-24-2011, 02:22 PM   #1
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middle aged health career decision

Hello,

I'm considering a career change into the health care field. What I want is
more job security and choices, decent or better than decent pay, and to help people. A few years ago I considered getting into rad tech, but decided I don't have what it takes to do the nastiest parts of that position on a regular basis. Also, you dont get to see/feel the benefits of your work on the patient. I think I'd do better in something where I can receive that kind of feedback and know that I'm helping. Otherwise its just a job.

More recently I've considered Physical Therapy Assistant. I think this would provide the feedback I need, but at least locally, the PTA jobs really don't pay that well.

I'm 50, and I have a BA in Biology. I graduated 22 years ago though, and I havent really used a lot of it so I dont know how much benefit it gives me in returning to school. They might not even count some of the biology and chemistry I took nearly 25 years ago. And obviously at my age, I dont have forever. Nor do I have money set aside to pay for whatever I do.

Anyway before i ramble on too long here, I'm just wondering if there are other health careers I should consider. I've also thought about sonography, but that has the same drawbacks as rad tech and I just dont think the demand will be nearly as high as for PTA.

I've also considered going back for a Physical Therapy Masters degree, but for reasons already given I'm afraid that would take 5-6 years to get there. You cant do very much with just a bachelors in PT any more, can you?

I feel kind of funny even considering associates degrees when I have a bachelor's, but I don't see where that BA is going to be a whole lot of help. Maybe you have some ideas....

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Old 04-27-2011, 06:13 AM   #2
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Re: middle aged health career decision

Have you considered speech therapy? All you need is a communication degree to get into grad school, and anyone can get a communications degree.

 
Old 04-27-2011, 06:14 AM   #3
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No I hadnt, thanks for the great idea. I'll look into that.

 
Old 04-27-2011, 06:15 AM   #4
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How about occupational therapy? That might be a little harder though.

 
Old 04-27-2011, 06:17 AM   #5
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Wow, thanks. Another great idea. Keep em coming. :-)

 
Old 06-09-2011, 01:35 PM   #6
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Re: middle aged health career decision

I work on an orthopedic floor. Physical therapist and assistants are really great and i constantly get comments about how much they are appreciated. The thing about orthopedics is that it is a lot of lifting and physically moving people, which after a while can be really hard on your body. They are the ones that get an orthopedic patient out of bed for the first time and we have a lot of patients that don't want to move and have to practically be forced into doing their therapy.

 
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When i was in nursing school the pediatric floor that i was working on had these people called child life specialists. Their job was to make to hospital stay easier on the kids by playing with them.

 
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