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Career Day

In 2012, nearly 20% of the US population will be 55 or older, driven by the first cusp of the baby boomers. Over the next 20 years, 75 million baby boomers will reach retirement age (www.ahip.org).

With age come infirmities and the need for more health care. This is even without the growth due to the Obama health care plan and Medicare Part D. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects health care jobs to grow by 30 percent between 2004 and 2014.  As of January 2010, the BLS projected 10 of the 20 fastest-growing occupations to be in the health care industry (The Best Careers in the 21st Century | eHow.com).

We all know the statistics.  We also know that we will be those seniors needing health care soon enough.  The entire subject is enough to depress anyone.

Then that dreaded notice comes home:
Career Day-Volunteers Needed!

Every one of us has an excuse why we can’t take the day off work and face a group of teenagers to talk about careers.  And yet, there is a small voice telling us that we need to get out there, promote the PA profession and that we will be helping ourselves by encouraging the best and the brightest to consider medicine as a career.  Interest in science starts in elementary and middle school. The prerequisites are taken in high school.  (Blaine Friedlander, Washington Post, 12/19/10).  A love of science and the path towards medicine must be encouraged and nurtured early on.

Every teenager will tell you there are 2 types of people in health care: doctors and nurses. In order to open up the eyes of your typical teenager, encourage interest in health care, promote the PA profession (without turning off a teenager by cramming info down their throats), a Career Day Program was developed with the help of 2 large schools systems: San Diego Unified School District and Fairfax County Public Schools.  With thanks to the many teachers and teens that helped develop and fine-tune this program, we offer it as a portable program that can be used at any school, by any PA - with the guarantee that you will be the most popular speaker at Career Day!

Good Luck!  And most importantly have fun!