60% of this year’s top 100 careers in US News and World Report’s annual ranking are in the health field. In fact, 15 of the top 20 Best Jobs of 2016 are health jobs.
My Health Career Navigator is based on a 9-step health career planning framework developed and used by Jeff Oxendine over the past 25 years to help thousands of students and other health career candidates choose and successfully pursue their authentic health careers.
Step one of the framework is EXPOSURE.
Before you can pick a career, you have to know what’s out there. It’s possible that the best job for you is something you’ve never heard of, or maybe even something that doesn’t exist yet. The first step to finding your authentic health career is exposing yourself to the options that are available to you and understanding which of those options align with your goals and preferences. This can come in many forms: it might be in keeping up with the industry trends to foresee (or create!) certain careers that don’t yet exist; it might be in studying the careers that you already know about so that you understand them more fully; it might be in looking into some of the more obscure health-related fields that you may not have considered.
In an effort to help you jump into another (and more common) form of exposure, we’ve streamlined this year’s list of the Best Health Care Jobs. You can find the Best Health Care Support Jobs in a separate list, and the 100 Best Jobs in the full rankings list. You can also read all about the ranking process (it’s based on salary, employment rate, growth rate, work-life balance, and more). Click on any of the jobs below to read all the juicy details, like median salary, training requirements, and job satisfaction. You might find that one of the best health care jobs is also the best job for you.
Now, to finish the exposure step, there are a couple more things we recommend you do (anytime you are working on exposure).
These are just a few ways that you can follow up/finish the exposure step, whether you’re further researching health careers you already know about or learning about jobs you might never have suspected as part of the health field. But don’t stop here! The more jobs and fields you are aware of, the closer you get to finding the options that could be right for you.