The healthcare industry offers so many well-paid jobs and it’s a rewarding career to get into. Lots of people are put off because they think that it means years of medical school before you can even get a foot in the door. That is true if you want to be a doctor or a surgeon, but there are plenty of other ways to get into the industry. A lot of them don’t need any qualifications or past experience at all, and the ones that do won’t require you to spend huge amounts of time and money at medical school. If you’re considering a career change and you think that the healthcare industry might be for you, look into these job roles.
Home Care Aide
The thing that draws people towards the healthcare industry is a desire to help people. It’s a common misconception that treating patients is the only way to do this. Being a home care aide is a brilliant way to give something back while you work and anybody is eligible to apply for a position. You’ll be working with elderly or disabled patients in their own home, doing anything that they might need help with. This can range from cooking and cleaning to taking them out for the day. It isn’t the best-paid job with an average salary of around $20,000 a year, but if you prioritize helping others over your pay, this is a brilliant option for you.
If you are more suited to a less hands-on role, then you could look into becoming a hospital administrator. You will need some qualifications for this one but you can take BA healthcare online courses so there’s no need to go back into education full-time. A hospital administrator is in charge of the management of a hospital or clinic as a whole. If you’re the kind of person that enjoys high levels of responsibility and has good organizational and interpersonal skills then you’re well suited for this job. It’s also a much higher paying job with an average salary of around $100,000 a year.
Being a hospital administrator is too much responsibility for some people but if you want to perform similar duties at a lower level, being a medical secretary is perfect for you. You’ll essentially be assisting the department administrator with their everyday duties. This covers things like sorting out appointment schedules, sending out letters to patients, ordering equipment and whatever else might need doing. You don’t need to have a degree for this one but some secretarial experience might be necessary. You’ll be looking at an average pay of $30,000 a year if you manage to land a job as a medical secretary.
A psychiatric aide performs fairly similar duties to a home care aide but they focus specifically on patients that have mental health issues. This could be in the home, or in more serious cases, in a mental health facility. As well as all of the normal care duties, it will be your job to monitor the patients for any behavioral changes that might indicate a change in their condition and report them to the doctors that are looking after them. The average salary of $27,000 is a bit higher than a normal home care aide because of the extra duties involved and the increased emotional strain of dealing with patients of this kind.
Occupational Therapist Aide
Occupational therapists help people to recover from serious injuries that may have left them temporarily unable to function normally. As an occupational therapist aide, your job will be to assist the therapist with anything that they need. This usually entails setting up any equipment that might be used during sessions and keeping on top of admin, like scheduling appointments for example. You’ll probably earn around $31,000 a year in this role.
Being a nurse is something that a lot of people want to go into but you’ll need to go to medical school of some kind to get qualified if you want to do this. However, you can still involve yourself in this side of the healthcare industry without qualifications as a nursing assistant. You won’t be allowed to perform direct care on the patients like administering medication and that kind of thing but you can deal with everything else. Keeping their rooms clean, transporting them around the hospital, setting up equipment and keeping an eye on their emotional state. This role is just as rewarding as being a qualified nurse but without the need to spend a long time in education. The average salary is around $25,000 a year.
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