As you look to the future and consider what career path you might like to choose, take a look at some of these options that offer financial security without taking over your personal life. Many of us want to have a family and enjoy time with loved ones, which is an important part of work-life balance.
As the population continues to age, the need for audiologists will increase drastically. An audiologist treats patients with hearing loss, performing tests and fitting them for hearing aids to help them regain the ability to hear. Additionally, many younger patients are coming in to see audiologists with hearing loss caused by listening to music through headphones at very high volumes. Audiologists can work traditional hours, then go home at night and spend time with their families without the worry of being called in, as is the case in other medical professions.
Counselors can provide emotional help to patients who are struggling with problems in their relationships or with mental illness that affects their abilities to live normal lives. There is a growing need to fill these positions, especially in relationships. If you are considering a career as a counselor, plan to go on to college after you finish high school, as this job requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. If you want to pursue additional educational opportunities, you might want to earn an online masters in counseling to open up job potential and room for growth and career advancement.
As technology continues to change, there will always be a need for employees who know how to work with and fix computers. These careers typically require at least a bachelor’s degree in information technology or computer science, but can provide a lucrative income for those who want to be able to support a family. Additionally, unless you choose to work for a company that offers a night shift, you can probably stick to working during regular business hours and have uninterrupted time at home with your loved ones.
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Pharmacy jobs are projected to increase by 22% in the next two years, partly due to the Affordable Healthcare Act, which has given patients more access to healthcare and prescription drug benefits. In order to become a pharmacist, candidates must earn a Pharm.D. (or doctor of pharmacy) degree and pass a licensing exam to be able to distribute prescriptions. Private pharmacies and retail stores around the country are always looking to hire qualified pharmacists, so this is a secure career option for those who do well in math and science.
As the baby boomer population ages, the need for physical therapists is also expected to increase by 27% in the next 24 months. This job does require a master’s degree, but most physical therapists work during regular business hours and don’t get called in the middle of the night for emergencies. They also have the opportunity to work one-on-one with their patients and provide a caring and healing environment.
Choosing a career is not always an easy decision, but as healthcare and other industries continue to grow, the potential to earn a good income while enjoying life is more attainable.