Monday, June 30, 2008

What If Nursing Isn't For Me???

If we are to be honest about the nursing profession, it is not for everyone. There are times when nursing students realize that nursing is just not for them. Nursing is one of the most demanding professions both physically and emotionally. Unfortunately many times nurses burnout and in order to maintain their own sanity, they leave nursing. But what do you do with all of that education? And how do you compete in the job market today? There are many alternatives in the allied health science field to consider.

In a job market much different than in years past, new graduates are fighting to find employment at all, let alone in their chosen specialty. Luckily, Clinical Laboratory Science or a Doctor of Pharmacy degree, as well as many other medical degrees still have excellent employment opportunities and high placement percentages. Pharmacists’ earnings are very high – a base salary of $107,403 in 2007 according to Modern Medicine Online - but are sometimes expected to work unusual or long hours.

Clinical Laboratory Scientists can expect base salaries in the lower $30,000s with positions as Forensic Scientists, Laboratory Managers, Medical Sales Representatives, and many others. According to Health Guide USA, the Healthcare industry is expected to add 3 million jobs, or 20% of all wage and salary jobs added to the economy, between 2006 and 2016, the most of any industry. What good news for anyone interested in allied health sciences! In a world where graduates are afraid they will struggle to find careers, students with CLS, PharmD, and similar degrees can rest assured their search will be much easier.

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