It’s hard not to pay attention to one’s health these days, given that we’re in month 21 of a public health crisis that seems sure to make its way into a third year. The truth is, though, that even before the pandemic, personal health and fitness were a big focus for so many of us. Paying attention to the importance of our health isn’t really something in which we have a choice – if you don’t look after yourself, your body will soon remind you – so it’s unsurprising that wellness has become such a major niche for career-seekers and entrepreneurs.
Whether you’re starting a business for yourself, or looking to get hired in the medical field, it’s worth knowing that you don’t need a medical degree to help people feel better. If your interest is in the field of health and you want to make a positive difference for others, then there are plenty of ways of going about it. Below are just a few of those potential ideas.
You might read “medical assistant” and think “receptionist”, but in truth there is a lot more to the job than answering phones and booking appointments – both of which you might well do. A medical assistant will be involved in the heart of a practice, with duties including preparing blood samples to be sent to labs, recording patient histories and checking a patient’s vital signs. If you think you might want to get into nursing later, then what you learn as a medical assistant will be truly invaluable. As will your assistance, to the medical staff at a practice.
As we’ve seen from the last several months, the best way to be ready for the threat of illness is to have a healthy body to begin with. There are no guarantees in life, but the fitter someone is, the better a chance they’ll usually have of fighting off a serious illness. You can look into personal training, lifestyle coaching, become a cycling instructor or any one of a number of other wellness-focused approaches where you give the benefit of your knowledge to help other people reach the fitness levels they want to attain.
It’s more than possible to look at a massage being performed and believe that it’s a very simple procedure. In some cases, this may even be true, but massage therapy is more complicated than that. A good massage therapist will be able to assist patients by lessening the pain of an injury, potentially accelerating healing and promoting relaxation. You may need to gain a licence to work as a massage therapist, and you should always seek accreditation and qualification – which can involve studying a range of massage methods. The greater expertise you gain, the more demand there will be for your services – and the higher the price you’ll be able to charge for them.
Gaining experience in the wellness field, and helping people feel better, is something that isn’t going to stop being as important as it is right now. Looking into the potential careers above, and others, is a very good idea if you want to look out for others.