The population is ageing. Throughout Western Europe and the United States, the percentage of the population on or around the retirement threshold is going up. And where there's an ageing population, there's bound to be a need for more healthcare resources - whether in terms of extra funding or, particularly, more healthcare professionals.
How can you make the most of this opportunity, though? By obtaining the right qualifications and putting yourself in the frame for some of the many jobs that are emerging to care for this expanding sector of the population.
Increased Demand for Nursing Degrees
Even if you're already working in a nursing capacity, there are obvious benefits from completing a nursing degree. First and foremost, nurses with a full complement of formal qualifications are likely to earn significantly more over the course of a lifetime than those without.
And you don't have to stop work to get the requisite qualification - in fact, you don't even have to have to leave your own home. Online nursing degrees are becoming increasingly common as healthcare professionals look to benefit from flexible training solutions to keep up-to-date with ongoing technological and theoretical shifts and advance their earning capacity while they do so.
But training isn't just about learning and knowledge for the benefit of the individual: it's also about the security that a qualification entails. There was a time, of course, when nurses could rely on little more than a matronly air and a lot of old-fashioned common sense. But those times are long gone! In an ever-more litigious age, employers are always looking to make sure that their staff have the right skillsets to offset any potential malpractise issues.
Increased Bureaucracy in the Healthcare Industry
Bureacracy or administration? Call it what you like, but one thing's for certain: nowadays there's an increasing management class in the healthcare industry. And this goes for both huge state-funded institutions like Britain's NHS and those of the rest of Europe, or the equally large private healthcare industry to be found in the US.
Which is why healthcare administration and business management degrees are becoming an increasingly common - and desirable - asset in the higher echelons of healthcare work.
Because, after all, a hospital or care home is a business. And as is the case with businesses outside of the healthcare sector, there's a need for people with the right skills to manage the workforce, manage spending, balance the accounts, report on performance, handle the required IT systems and generally run things in the same way as any other business.