My Top 3 Career Choices
I always knew I wanted to do something that involves helping others because I am a caring person. Growing up I had a couple of Medical Assistants and RN’s in my family. That was motivation to me. As I grew older and along the years my career choice also changed. I still knew I wanted to be in the health care field that never changed. I just became uncertain about what I wanted to pursue a career in.
Growing up whenever I was asked “what do you want to be when you grow up?” My answer was always “I’m going to be a nurse.” A nurse is a licensed professional that provides health care to individuals. Nursing duties include checking vital signs, administering medication, physical exams and providing patients with health information. Nurses are employed in clinics, hospitals, schools, home health care, offices. By the next decade, the career growth is projected to increase by 16%. Degrees for nursing includes (BSN) Bachelor of science in nursing degree usually takes 4 years to complete. (ABSN) Accelerated Bachelor of Science in nursing usually takes 12-18 months to complete. Associate degree usually takes about 2 years to complete.
It was not until after high school when I decided to pursue a degree in Dental Hygiene. Although that is a major goal, I still have set for myself the timing is not right. Dental Hygiene program is an associate degree which takes about 3 years to complete. Dental hygienist are healthcare professionals that work independently alongside dentists to provide oral care. There are specialized in training to prevent and provide treatment for oral diseases. Dental hygiene roles include periodontal debridement, prophylaxis, applying dental sealants. Dental hygienists’ employment is projected to grow 6% from 2019-2029.
Dental Assistant was the next step for me. I had to ask myself why to pursue a degree in something else when your main goal is to be a Dental hygienist? My plain is to work my way up in the dental field. A dental assistant supports a dentist in providing more dental treatment. Their roles and training differ them from dental hygienists. Dental assistant roles are passing instruments, preparing patients for treatment, and taking x rays. Dental assisting programs can take between 9 months to 2 years to complete and that depends if it is a certificate, diploma, or degree program. Employment is projected to grow 7% from 2019-2029.
In conclusion I will be applying to the dental program. I am ready to learn the skills and training for dental assisting. I feel though my decision to apply for school again was the best and perfect timing. Although my other 2 career choices are great as well, I know this one is a better fit for me. My goal is to perform well in the work environment and succeed my roles as a dental assistant.
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