middle aged health career decision
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....
Last edited by indecisive user; 04-24-2011 at 03:24 PM.