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Interested in Preventive Healthcare? Consider These 4 Jobs

  • Article by:Health Career Center

Preventive healthcare is good for our bodies and for our minds. It’s even good for our economy, when you consider that avoidable complications from chronic diseases account for 75 percent of our country’s health spending.

That said, it’s no surprise that career opportunities for people interested in preventive care are already on the upswing. This is encouraging because, according to the CDC, Americans currently use preventive services about half as often as they should. Now that it’s gaining traction among American communities, you can expect the number of career opportunities for preventive care specialists to experience a sharp rise.

How can you take advantage of the coming boom in preventive healthcare jobs? It’s a two-step process. First, consider one of the career paths below, which experts at the Colorado School of Public Health think will see the biggest jump in job opportunities over the next decade. Then, lay the groundwork for finding your first position in the field by visiting and researching the leading employers in your area.


Clinical Preventive Medicine

One of the best places to make a difference in population health is on the front lines as a preventive medicine physician. In this role, you can spearhead screening and immunization programs, plus help identify and reduce health risks.

As with other physician roles, you can tailor your career to be as leisurely or as fast-paced as you like, to a degree. Options include working as a partner in a larger hospital or health system, or being your own boss in a private practice. Either way, you’ll take a hands-on approach to preventive care by being patients’ direct source for treatment and health advice.


Public Health Practice

Want to make a difference on a higher level, instead of working on a patient-by-patient basis? Becoming a physician in the public health sector may be the right move for you, whether it’s at the local or state level, or even enacting federal policies that boost the health of the entire nation.

Your responsibilities will include surveying your community and identifying common diseases or healthcare needs that are lacking. From there, you’ll be in charge of setting priorities that help improve care delivery processes, and putting important health programs into action.


Research and Academic Medicine

Some of the biggest breakthroughs in healthcare have come as a result of researchers’ findings in clinical or university laboratories. Professionals in research and academic medicine jobs are at the forefront of discovering new cures and eradicating diseases that affect millions of people worldwide.

Research can be an ideal preventive healthcare job for people who enjoy working in a lab as opposed to a doctor’s office. In a relatively relaxed setting, you’ll make daily contributions toward finding out the causes of chronic and infections diseases, as well as discovering new ways to prevent illness and injury.


Management and Administration

Management and administration jobs in preventive care are typically reserved for the later parts of a healthcare professional’s career. But once you’ve obtained years of experience in a variety of clinical settings, the upper levels of health system management can offer incredible opportunities for changing policies and improving patient care.

That’s because managers oversee planning for every aspect of care delivery, from policy development to resource allocation and program evaluation. The pressure may be high, but it’s hard to think of a better way to improve the health and happiness of your community.




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