Health care workers have always been in high demand. This past year has been no different. There are many newly graduated high school students that have gone straight on to seek a higher education in some sort of health profession.
One of the top ten health professions of 2009, beginning at the lower end of the pay scale is the home health aide. A home health aide can often go to the same classes as those attended by future Nursing Assistants. The length of time it takes to finish a class to become a certified Home Health Aide varies in each State, but they are usually no longer then a six month course of classroom and hands-on study in a college type setting.
Nursing assistants would be the second most sought after health profession as far as time and financing goes. A C.N.A. can finish school in as little as two months, while learning basic patient care. Although the salary for a C.N.A. is not as high as it is for one that is trained as an L.P.N., it is usually above minimum wage.
The third top health profession would be an L.P.N., which is a Licensed Practical Nurse. The school for this health profession job varies State to State but is most normally one year long class, which includes book work and hands-on training in some sort of medical facility such as a nursing home, hospital or health clinic.
Becoming an RN or Registered Nurse is a popular choice for those seeking employment in a health profession. Although the schooling takes approximately two years in most States, there is always a high demand for Registered Nurses in almost all settings. The R.N. has the option of training for a specialty position such as caring only for elderly patients, or being an assistant in an operating room. An R.N. normally earns a much higher salary then Home Health Aides, Nursing Assistants or an L.P.N.
Becoming a physical therapist is a highly sought after health care profession as well. The amount of schooling it will take to become a physical therapist varies with each State. This is a good job for those wishing to have a lot of hands-on time with their patients.
Phlebotomists are in high demand in Labs across the Country. A Phlebotomist is the person that draws blood samples for tests that the patients doctor has ordered. The pay for a Phlebotomist will vary according to the State they work in and the degree of experience they have.
Schools offering to teach students the health professions of X-Ray Technician and Medical Lab technicians saw an incline in students registering and attending in 2009. A medical lab worker can be trained to do a wide variety of procedures including X-rays and performing CT scans, etc.
Social workers that work primarily with the elderly or disable is also a healthcare profession that many have sought education for. Working specifically in the area of healthcare can be an asset to a social worker because there is more room to advance. The same applies for those wishing to enter the profession of a behavioral therapist. This type of job allows those wishing to work with developmentally handicapped adults or children a good chance at doing so, and is always in high demand.