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Healthcare Careers without a College Degree

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.

Get Started

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.

4 Responses so far.

  1. Andrew says:

    From what I have read on the internet and heard from some college students studying in some branch of the medical field is that managing a health care facility today is the close equivalent to managing an entire city. It’s a dynamic environment of specialized groups that have both direct and indirect relationships with one another, and at times, competing interests. I don’t think it is as easy or simple a job as it seems. Sounds like you have to play politics as well.

  2. Kirk says:

    The one area that interests me about this field of health care is administrative jobs. The role of case manager is fraught with challenges in a healthcare environment characterized by rapid aging of the population, a move against institutionalization of seniors. The analysis of one focus group data revealed four main themes in relation to ethical concerns and dilemmas: (1) issues related to equity, (2) beneficence, (3) non-maleficence, and (4) autonomy and power imbalances.

  3. Curtis says:

    Just four weeks to get the knowledge and training you need to get a job in these fields would be a great career path change. Is this an accredited thing so if you wanted to go to school and further the degree you have then they would recognize what you have done here and consider it when scheduling your classes?

  4. Nicholas says:

    I think this is great if this is a recognized program and would help you get the job you want in the medical field and it only takes four weeks to get there then sign me up. This is probably just the preliminary classes though right and you would have to sign up to take more when these were finished? Still a great idea and I hope this info spreads.

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