In-Demand College Majors for Healthcare Careers

It's not news that doctors and nurses are in demand, but what if you don't want to be a doctor or nurse? You want a college degree that will make you most employable, and you want to major in a field that is growing and in which jobs are increasing.

As one of the most important components of our lives, as well as one of the largest pieces of the US economy, workers in healthcare-related fields are consistently in-demand. Below are some of the most in-demand degrees or majors that will most likely result in a healthcare job upon graduating.

Healthcare Information Technology (HIT)

Healthcare informatics and health information systems management is a growing field that ranks highly among undergraduate degrees in high-demand.

The reason that HIT is such a growing field is due largely to the need to transition from paper medical records and files to electronic medical records (EMR). Several legislative acts including the HITECH Act and the health reform law (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) have also instigated a further increase in demand for health information technology professionals.

Public Health

The field of public health is still mostly accessible at a master's degree level, but some colleges do now offer bachelor's degrees in public health.

There are hundreds of different jobs available in the public health sector, both clinical and non-clinical. Public health professionals help to research, analyze, educate, and prevent populations from a variety of health risks including environmental, behavioral, and physiological issues such as infectious diseases.

Biomedical Engineering

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Biomedical engineering involves exploring new areas of medical research and product development. Given the rate at which technology improves, along with the increasing health needs of the aging population, biomedical engineers will continue to be in demand.

Biomedical engineering has been also recognized by as one of the highest paying undergraduate degrees.

Human Services

Human Services is a noteworthy, emerging major that encompasses aspects of HR, social work, healthcare, and more. A representative of Kaplan University, which offers a degree in Human Services—states "A human services degree program prepares graduates for a broad spectrum of jobs by developing a core skill set. Human services go beyond specific tasks and focus on an interdisciplinary knowledge base, interpersonal skills, and management expertise."

From jobs that serve the aging Baby Boomer generation to child welfare, human services graduates may choose from many career paths and job prospects available to them, according to Kaplan University's representative.

A Few Tips for Choosing a College Major

If one of the above majors does not interest you in the slightest bit, then there are plenty of other majors from which to choose. Clinical medical jobs are almost always in demand. The important thing is to study something you really enjoy learning and doing because that is what you will excel in.

Even in a tough economy, the most driven and creative people often find a way to make their passion work for them as a career. It's not always that simple, but obtaining a degree in a field that is boring or uninteresting to you is a sure way to waste your college education. Even if you manage to excel in something that isn't your true passion or calling, you'll eventually burn out and want to do something else other than what you studied in school.

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