Working in health requires a specialised skill set that will make those with talent very employable. Career progression and increased pay are possible, though unfortunately salaries often remain low in the early years of a career in healthcare.

Although most careers in health need fewer academic qualifications than roles in medicine, training is still rigorous with a hands-on focus and an emphasis on related work experience. This is an absolute necessity in order to secure jobs, which are highly competitive.

The NHS is the largest employer of healthcare professionals, and pays employees according to a national band, but you will also have the opportunity to work for non-profit organisations or private healthcare companies, which set their own salaries.

Hours can be very long in healthcare jobs and having to work unsociable hours, evenings and weekends is common. It is also common to witness distressing situations involving dead, sick or injured patients and the combination of these two factors can take a real toll on your own health. Resilience is a necessity.

Those who have a caring personality and the ability to withstand the demands of this rigorous sector can carve out a good career, with the knowledge that they are an asset to society.

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