Written by Maggie McAllister and Sydney Wittenburg.

Let's be real, medical school is expensive (especially if you'd like to attend a private one) and takes up four years of your life, so, is it worth it? Of course, the medical field has it’s positive and negative aspects as does every profession, but what makes it unique? We talked to a few local medical professionals for the inside edition of what goes on in their career field, we learned a lot and heard plenty of fascinating stories along the way. With plenty of research and a couple of interviews later, we were able to gather 5 things about the medical field that are unknown to the public or just overlooked; from the opportunities of being a medical professional to the growth rate of this field, this article will answer your longing question "Am I making the right choice?".

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1. Opportunities.
Health careers include a variety of options for novices and employees, ranging from job to travel opportunities. It's possible that you’ll get free schooling. Jamie Shuck, one of our interviewees, explained how the corporate of the Monticello Nursing Home offered financial support for her to attend NCII so she could go and work as a nurse for them. Your career may also provide you with travel opportunities, for example, if you were to work as a military nurse you'd be stationed somewhere in the world to conduct work but without the out of pocket financial cost.

2. Career Diversity.
If you're planning on pursuing a medical profession, you'll quickly realize that you are entering a strong career field. When it comes to the medical field, there are many career choices. There's a variety of jobs that offer direct patient care, such as doctors, nurses, physician assistants or therapists. Whether you want to spend one year in college or 12, there is always an option for anyone who wants to work as a healthcare professional.

3. Stability.
There is always going to be a demand for medical careers. Medical attention is a priority and helps keep you and your body healthy; it can help prevent serious health issues from developing or getting worse in the long run. In the future, the population is going to grow, and past generations of medical professionals are going to retire, because of this, the demand for medical professionals will heighten. In conclusion, the change in the economy will not affect the medical field as it would any other work field.

4. Growth Rate.
The medical field, being one of the largest industries, shows the fastest growing rate of any other work field. Many healthcare jobs are in high demand for significant expansion due to the constant growth of the population and the advancements in healthcare and medicine. The immense progress in medicine and technology has also affected the demand for health care services, thus leading to the need for more workers to provide for these services (anyone with a healthcare management degree has the opportunity to fill this position).

5. Benefits.
An obvious benefit of working in the medical field is, of course, the salary. Medical earnings may vary but most and if not all healthcare careers pay remarkably well. Working as a medical professional may also provide you with various travel opportunities. Healthcare travel companies reach out to nurses, physician assistants, and occupation and physical therapists for assignments all over the country. And, ultimately, one of the most rewarding benefits is being given a chance to make an impact or potentially save someone's life.

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