Often I hear people talk about there not being ample job opportunities and prospects for career growth in the industry and it makes me wonder — are these people oblivious to Healthcare as a career option?
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The Healthcare industry graph seems to be going only one way — upwards. Whether you want to attribute this unprecedented augmentation to the large chunk of aging population in the US or the number of people with critical illnesses or a byproduct of the much-debated Affordable Care Act is up to you to decide.
The fact is that the world of medicine has seen a steady growth in the recent past and will continue to grow in the coming years. And when you have an industry that’s flourishing as rapidly as Healthcare is, it is obvious that there will be more and more career opportunities for qualified personnel. There are a few careers that have been predicted to be in demand over the next couple of years.
Over the years, the Healthcare industry has remained completely undeterred by the economic upheaval that has turned the entire world topsy-turvy. So it stands to reason that medical careers would be a safe bet even in the future.
On that note, here are the top medical careers that will definitely be thriving in 2015-16:
1. Dental Assisting
What does it mean?
Dental assisting is a lot more than just assisting a practicing dentist. Typically (among other things) a dental assistant would prep a patient for procedures, explain to them what treatments they are going to undergo, explain what medications they have to take, and also keep a detailed record of patient history by regularly updating patient files.
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics says that dental assistants make $34,500 a year on an average. However, this figure can go up to $48,000 depending on where you are employed. Experience will also play a role in how much you get paid. The BLS also says that job opportunities for dental assistants are estimated to grow at 25%, which is much faster than the average job. So essentially, 25% new jobs will open up in dental assisting in 2015-16.
The best part about dental assisting is that you don’t need a college degree to become a qualified dental assistant. Dental assistant training from an accredited career school is all you need. Porter and Chester Institute is a career school in the United States that offers training in a vast range of medical fields. This institute is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) and was awarded the School of Excellence Award in 2009. It has been around for almost a century and has made quite a name for itself. So if you are seriously considering dental assistant training, this school would be your best bet.
2. Medical Assisting
What does it mean?
Medical assistants play a very important role in any healthcare institution. They do a number of administrative duties and also have certain medical and clinical responsibilities: Updating patient records, taking appointments, coding and filling out insurance information, billing, explaining and preparing patients for treatment and procedures, collecting laboratory specimens, performing basic lab tests, removing stitches, changing dressings, etc. The duties will largely depend upon the place of employment.
According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical assistants earn $29,370 annually on average. However, depending upon where you are employed you could get up to $41,900. The growth rate of medical assisting is 29% which is much faster than average and also much more than dental assisting.
Just like dental assisting, medical assistants do not require a college degree to get a good job. Certificate courses from accredited career schools should do just fine. Career schools train applicants quicker than college and are much more affordable. They often set their graduating students up with job interviews at the end of their courses as well.
3. Administrative Health Specialist
What does it mean?
Administrative health specialists are nothing but administrative service managers of the healthcare industry. This is more of an administrative position than a medical one. However, you need to be well acquainted with medical terminology and have a basic knowledge of medicine and healthcare in general. These specialists are responsible for planning, coordinating and directing medical and health services. Depending on the institution, the intensity of the responsibilities will differ.
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics states that administrative health specialists make $88,580 a year. This career appears to be growing at 23% which is much faster than average according to the BLS, but is slower than medical and dental assisting.
I know what you are thinking. There is no way I can make $88,580 a year without a college degree, right? Well, my friend, that is exactly where you are mistaken. Like dental assisting and medical assisting, administrative health specialists can do just fine with a certificate from an accredited career school. Not having a college degree will not put you at a disadvantage. In fact, if you enroll in a career school, you will save a whole lot of money and time.
4. Practical Nursing
What does it mean?
Licensed practical nurses provide basic nursing care. They make the beds, assist patients who need assisting, check in on patients from time to time and also sometimes just sit and have a conversation with them. They tend to patients on a more compassionate level than other healthcare professionals. They make patients feel better not only by attending to their medical needs but also by meeting their emotional needs to some extent. Licensed practical nurses always work under the supervision of registered nurses and doctors.
The job market for practical nursing is growing at 25% according to the United States BLS. Practical nurses also make an average salary of $41,540 a year. This figure will definitely change depending on how much work experience you have as a nurse (and could go up to $58,000 in some cases).
Here again, for practical nursing you need not go through the trouble of getting a college degree. Since licensed nurses always work under the supervision of registered nurses, they only need a certification from an accredited career school. Plenty of career schools, like PCI (as mentioned before), offer courses in a wide range of healthcare professions.
So if you are looking to secure your future with a stable and well-paying job, it is time to start now. Enroll in a career school and get training as a healthcare professional and when the new fiscal year begins, you can face it with your head held high!