Keith Carlson, Registered Nurse and Board Certified Nurse Coach
Excellent question. Many individuals are still entering the nursing profession, and I am very supportive of those who would like to serve as nurses. Having said that, I am also hearing that PT is one of the healthcare professions to watch in 2015.
According to a recent article in Forbes, the following are the ten hot healthcare jobs to watch in 2015, in order of relevance: Pharmacist, Podiatrist, Physical Therapist, Dental Hygienist, Audiologist, Dietitian, Medical Technician, Physiologist, Laboratory Technician, Optician.
However, Registered Nurse has shown up on other lists of hot jobs for this year.
Informational interviews are a great way to network and learn more about our local and regional scenario vis-a-vis jobs and employment in healthcare. You also must weigh the relative cost of your education, your potential earnings, and the availability of positions in your general area.
The respondent is correct that an OT needs to earn a Master's Degree, while a nurse needs the minimum of a Associates Degree. However, be forewarned that many employers are now only hiring nurses with a Bachelor's Degree. Meanwhile, PTs are now generally required to earn a PhD, which earns them the title of "Doctor of Physical Therapy". This specialty pays well, but the education is costly and long.
I would advise you to network like mad, meet as many people as you can in various areas of practice, go to job fairs, pick the brains of people you meet, and do your die diligence before sinking your time, money and energy into any particular pursuit.
Finally, follow your heart and your gut. You may already know what you most want to do. And if it's something you truly want, the path may very well open up before your very eyes.