Medical Terminology and Your Career November 16, 2015 13:19

Having weathered through the recent recession, many of us have learned firsthand the importance of stable employment. Many people lost their jobs during the recession and, for most, it took them a very long time to become employed again. Once they finally found jobs, many settled for jobs that paid less than what they used to make before the recession. In fact, the job market has not been truly stable since 2001. Those leaving college and entering the workforce have grown up in the environment of economic instability. This means that for many of us, job security has been an important topic. We look for jobs in stable industries and acquire skills that are broadly marketable.

Careers in the medical field are some of the most recession proof. Medical services are always needed, regardless of the state of the economy. Careers in the medical field, or in related industries like health insurance, life insurance, worker's compensation, and disability benefit administration are in high demand. Taking some time to learn medical terminology can open up opportunities to use your current skills in the medical industry. This industry will continue to grow, regardless of economic changes, because people will always need its services.

Gaining an understanding of medical terminology could help you enter the medical field, even if you do not wish to become a healthcare professional. For those who have been in the workforce and have experience and degrees might find that similar jobs in the medical field are available once they have taken some medical terminology coursework.

For example, a few quick searches on payscale.com show that the average salary for a disability case manager is around $48,000 per year and a healthcare administrator makes, on average, around $64,800 per year. These positions require similar skills that could have been required in different industries - skills such as project management, budgeting, operations management, customer service, and mathematical proficiency. Someone with a degree and a history of using these skills, and who was willing to take some coursework in medical terminology, could easily translate their prior skills for direct application in a position in the healthcare, insurance or medical industry.

Programs like the Dean Vaughn Total Retention System can assist in quickly getting up to speed on medical terminology. This particular system combines online and textbook coursework that allows you to learn and retain the material in a very short period of time and provides a test at the end that demonstrates and proves your knowledge.

Learning and understanding medical terminology is a very easy way to open a lot of doors for future opportunities. These doors open on an industry which will always been in demand and which has been growing steadily for years, regardless of current economic conditions.