With the economy slumping and companies moving or closing their doors, it seems that a great idea for nearly anyone is to look into health careers.
Going to college, whether online or at the college or university level, you can earn a degree or certificate in just about anything in between one and four years.
If you would like to choose a health career, then you should realize that nurses are in need everywhere you look. You can earn your LPN degree in roughly a year's time; this includes your clinicals that you will have to pass. When you finish your education and clinicals you will have the option to work in home health care, hospitals, nursing homes or in a doctor's office. If you'd prefer to become a Registered Nurse, you will need to attend school for between two and four years depending on your college or university standards. When you finish your education and clinicals you will have the option to work in home health care, hospitals, nursing homes or, again, in a doctor's office. As an LPN, you can expect to make between $13 and $18 an hour to start depending on where you live. An RN can make between $20 and $30 an hour to start, depending on the area of the country you are in.
If you want to choose a career in another field such as phlebotomy, you would be able to work in a hospital, lab or even a doctor's office. A Phlebotomy Certificate can be obtained in just ten weeks to six months. A phlebotomist can make between $8 and $15 an hour to start depending on the area of the country you are in.
If a health career in nursing or phlebotomy doesn't interest you, you may choose to become a STNA. As an STNA you may have the option to take your schooling at the nursing home or hospital where you will eventually be employed; of course, not all employers offer that but you may ask if this is something that interests you. If you attend schooling at your place of employment the cost is usually paid for by the employer but you will be responsible for your testing fees, which vary per state. An STNA's starting salary is usually between $8 and $15 per hour, depending on what area of the country you are in. An STNA can expect to work in a nursing home, hospital or for a home health care company.