Medical care is an extremely broad field, encompassing hundreds of occupations and employing 14.3 million people as of 2008. It's also a great choice if you're concerned about future job security: The health care industry is expected to grow 22 percent from 2008 to 2018, and half of the 20 projected fastest-growing professions are health care-related.
The following snapshot of degrees in medical care for some of the leading professions can help you prepare for a career in this exciting and in-demand field.
Degrees for Nurses
In order to become a nurse, you can choose from one of several educational paths. While some nurses obtain a diploma, this option is becoming less common as members of the profession become better educated. As of 2010, 36.1 percent of nurses had associate's degrees, and 36.8 percent had bachelor's degrees. A four-year degree is the best college degree for a career as a registered nurse, as it opens the greatest number of job opportunities.
If you want greater job responsibilities and a …