Health Communication combines formal study of communication with classes in other programs to prepare students to excel in the thriving healthcare setting.
The job possibilities are seemingly endless - from health educator to patient advocate. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (in its Spring 2014 Occupational Outlook Quarterly) noted that "the healthcare industry is projected to add more jobs - over 4 million - more than any other industry between 2012 and 2022" (p. 28). These jobs are "recession proof," they explain, because people "depend on health services no matter what the economic climate" and because the jobs require "personal interaction... difficult to outsource or replace with automation" (p. 29). It observes, further, that "Communication skills are essential for healthcare workers, who are often part of a team" (p. 39).
These skills, as noted above, are also highly transferable; if the individual should ever tire of working in the health-care context, their training in communication will assist their transition to another setting.
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