Why choose careers in health?

Diverse futures

Interested in careers in health? Here are a few reasons why you could be on the path to an amazing future.

If you’re lucky, between the ages of 14 and 18 you may have a great science teacher who introduces you to some of the amazing processes that make our bodies function, and the weird and wonderful things that happen when they go wrong.

However, most of us have little idea of the vast scope of health areas available to study and the ways in which these areas are growing and changing. Australia spends an estimated 9.7% of its gross domestic product on health – about $161.6 billion in 2014–15.

But aside from economics, most people in this industry care mainly about making an impact through their work, and are driven by compassion and curiosity.

You’d be lucky if the odd biology class were enough to spark that curiosity, let alone prepare you for a career in medicine, genetics and molecular biology. These research areas have undergone a complete transformation in the last 15 years or so, leading to revolutions in the way we understand and treat disease. Molecular biologists have effectively created their own career area; so rapidly has the science advanced.

Careers in health are incredibly diverse, encompassing medicine and healthcare, sports medicine, e-health, bionics, start-ups, clinical practice, bioinformatics, pharmacy, occupational health and safety and much more.

Moreover careers in health suit a diversity of people, open up the world for travel opportunities, and are ubiquitous wherever there are populations to support.

Careers in health start-ups

Health start-ups alone are a huge growth area, with 9.3% of all start-ups in Australia focussing on medtech and health, according to Startup Muster’s 2016 report released this month.

Take CliniCloud, a medical kit and app that gives patients tools and connects them with medical professionals. CliniCloud founders, medical graduates and keen coders Hon Weng Chong and Andrew Lin, are profiled in the first issue of Careers with Health magazine, released this week (Feb 23). Their startup has raised $5 million in funding.

These cutting-edge careers in health are at the intersections of the skills and content taught in secondary and tertiary study today. We call it STEM + X, where STEM is science, technology, engineering and maths, and ‘X’ is your passion, hobby, another field of interest or even a world-changing goal.

Making careers in health more visible

Careers with Health dives into these career areas in a friendly, fun format for teens. It is part of the phenomenally successful series kickstarted by Careers with Code, produced by Refraction Media in partnership with Google.

Careers with STEM magazines now include Health, Science, Code, Engineering and Maths. Free copies of the magazine are distributed to all Australian high schools, and additional copies are available to order at cost price at CareerswithSTEM.com

By creating these magazines, we hope to inspire the next generation not just to explore careers in health available today, but to create the career areas of the future. It’s only through their ingenuity that we’ll tackle the health challenges we’ll face tomorrow.

Heather Catchpole

Careers in health

“Most of us have little idea of the vast scope of health areas available to study and the ways in which these areas are growing and changing.”