In January, U.S. News & World Report released the “Best Jobs of 2016” rankings, and in a list of 100 jobs spread across a wide variety of fields, healthcare related careers filled nine of the top ten job slots – a promising outlook for bachelors in biology students interested in a future in medicine.
This list is not solely based on salary alone. U.S. News reports that when evaluating and ranking jobs, the overall score was calculated based on seven component measures:
- Median salary
- Employment rate
- 10-year growth volume
- 10-year growth percentage
- Job prospects
- Stress level
- Work-life balance
More than just a satisfying job, health careers and careers in medicine are in high demand, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting a 19 percent growth rate by 2024, much faster than average.
According to a recent report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics, the number of uninsured Americans has continued to decrease, dropping by 7 million between 2014 and 2015.
That is nearly 90 percent of Americans that now have health insurance — an increased population in need of an increase in professionals.
William Woods University bachelors in biology students have the option of adding a Pre-Medicine Concentration to their degree, through which those interested in pursuing an advanced degree in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, physical therapy or other health fields can start gaining the knowledge and experience needed for the future.
In the competitive field of medicine, graduates of the pre-medicine program have experienced a 100 percent acceptance rate to advanced degree programs in their medical field of choice.
Students can also get involved in Pre-Medicine Club, gaining knowledge and experience, as well as networking opportunities, alongside like-minded peers through events and speaker series centered around various topics in medicine.