Boomers Benefit from Second Career in Allied Health

Sun, Jun 24, 2012

Healthcare, Home, Leisure, Lifestyle, Money

With the daily cost of living rising, more retirees are convinced that completely retiring is not the best financial option.  Finding the right job, though, can be especially challenging.  Fortunately, for those Baby Boomers considering a second career, work in allied health offers opportunities and salaries to help bridge the gap between retirement income and needs.

In today’s healthcare environment, there are many jobs – a surprising number, in fact – that can effectively be filled by Baby Boomers.  Here are some reasons why Baby Boomers should consider employment in allied health as an optimal second career:

  • Allied health jobs are more than a paycheck.  Offering more than just additional financial help during retirement, a career helping those who are physically vulnerable offers Baby Boomers a purpose and a hope they didn’t previously enjoy. While their earlier career may have focused on making money and developing financial stability, jobs in allied health offer the opportunity to make a direct impact on an individual’s life or the life of a family.
  •  Jobs are available.  Allied health includes healthcare jobs outside the occupations of doctor, nurse and dentist. With so many different options, Baby Boomers will find it easier to leverage their previous work experience into a new career. Options include jobs such as medications coach, who helps patients comply with complex medication orders; a patient advocate, who works with patients and families to navigate the medical system and their treatment regimen; and a home modifications specialist, who assists patients and families in organizing homes to create a safe living environment for those who are weak or ill.
  •  Education requirements are achievable.  While becoming an RN or physician takes years of education and practical experience, most allied health jobs require only two years of education. Many community colleges now offer a variety of allied health programs that can lead to associate’s degrees.
  • Age is considered a benefit.  Many allied health employers understand hiring Baby Boomers is a smart business decision.  Not only do retired employees quickly adapt to new work environments, they also miss less work and need less assistance from their departmental supervisor and their Human Resources department.  Boomers adapt to training quickly and can easily work without supervision – all major benefits to any healthcare organization.
  • Work conditions are flexible.  Due to the variety of careers in allied health, there are many options in working conditions. As healthcare facilities run all day, every day, those who prefer to work at night, in the evening or on weekends will also be able to find options. Those who prefer to work outside the hospital setting will also find opportunities. Home health care aides enjoy a home as a work environment, while physical therapy assistants may spend their time in rehabilitation facilities.  There are hours and environments that will suit everyone.

Having a second career that contributes to the good of society is a perfect fit for many Baby Boomers who have recently retired.  Giving them a combination of additional financial security and meaningful work is the primary benefit of a career in allied health.

This guest post was provided by Erin Palmer. Erin writes about online healthcare degree programs and allied health professions for US News University Directory. For more information please visit http://www.usnewsuniversitydirectory.com


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