Many people wishing for a career in healthcare industry often give up on their dreams because they don`t have enough time or money (or both) for obtaining a medical school degree. It maybe doesn`t seem real, but you can have a very successful career in healthcare without a degree, and still get paid very well. There are numerous other positions that will give you the opportunity to make a positive change in people`s lives, to have a satisfying and long lasting career and to have an overall good feeling about doing something good.
In most of these jobs you will have a roll of an assistant, an aide or trained medical professional. Basically you will be the right hand of doctors, nurses or some other medical experts in providing care to patients. Besides that, you will gain some very valuable experiences which will maybe inspire you to pursue a medical degree. But of course, if you choose not to, you will still have a highly appreciated job that’s actually very well paid.
Some of the Medical Careers with no degree with rapidly increasing demand are:
- Medical Transcription – usually known as scribes, these individuals are responsible for completing the patient`s chart. They don`t even need a high school diploma, but they need to think and type quickly.
- Medical Coder – they take a look over medical records and compose the appropriate coding for reimbursement of an insurance. Becoming one usually takes between 9 months and 2 years, which varies depending on the specialty and employer.
- Medical Assistant – Medical assistants are providing support to medical stuff. Their job is to make schedules, bookkeep and update medical records, and prepare patients for controls and exams.
- Surgical Technologist – We will talk about this profession a bit more, because it`s very important and special. First of all, what is a surgical tech? Healthcare workers with such a role are responsible for surgical settings. In essence, they are preparing operation rooms, sterilizing the instruments and take care about the inventory of all of them.
Their job is also to help with preparing the incision site and draping the patient, to hand all the necessary instruments to the surgeons and nurses, taking specimens for the lab, counting instruments, helping with transferring the patient to a recovery area and so on.
Surgical technologists are obligated to go through formal training in a surgical technologist program. Programs can vary in length depending on whether you want a certificate (9 months), or an associate`s degree (24 months). High school diploma is necessary for most of these programs. Of course, you will only look for Accredited Surgical Tech Programs, and there are about 450 of them nationwide.
The most interesting thing about surgical technologists is that they have the opportunity to improve their career significantly by specializing in more demanding specialties. In addition to that, surgical technologist have the opportunity to take the lead role on the operating team. This position is known as the “surgical first assistant”.
Keep in mind that any profession in healthcare is a very good start for your career, and what is most important, there is always room for advancing. With so many opportunities, you just can`t go wrong.