When most of us think of careers in health care, we think of years of required training, starting with a four year college degree. This is not always the case however. There are many well-paying health care career options available to those of us without a four year degree, who would love to work in the industry. Health careers not requiring a four year degree usually fall within one of two categories, namely, the allied health or administrative support fields.
Administrative Health Careers
Administrative support is needed in most areas of the health field. Assistants usually ensure that the clinic, hospital or private practice is well organized. They tend to handle tasks like billing, contacting patients and documentation.
Careers in this field include Medical Secretary, Medical Interpreter, Medical Receptionist and Medical Biller. A high school diploma is usually sufficient to take up one of these roles. Remuneration can range roughly between US$30,000.00 and US$35,000.00 per annum.
Allied Health Careers
Those in the allied health careers also provide support to doctors, nurses and other medical practitioners. However, this support differs slightly from the paper pushing of the administrative assistants. Allied Health practitioners carry out tasks involving therapeutic care and diagnostic testing among others.
Careers in this field include Occupational Therapist Aide, Psychiatric Aide, Home Care Aide and Patient care Assistant. These careers don’t usually require a four year college degree, but some college or tertiary level studies may be required. Remuneration can range from roughly US$20,000.00 to US$32,000.00 per annum.
Getting started on your desired health care career is easy. First, you decide how it is you would like to contribute to the field and what your long-term goals are. From there, you can begin to acquire the necessary qualifications and apply for openings at local medical centers. You can even start by volunteering or interning at a few. This will help you get your feet wet and help build a firm foundation for a solid future.