Bright Outlook Jobs That Don’t Require Degrees

Healthcare occupations are projected to add more jobs that any of the other occupational groups according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.  This project growth is mainly due to an aging population, leading to greater demand for healthcare services.  In addition to traditional doctors and nurses, there will also be demand for other positions that support the healthcare industry.

Not all healthcare jobs require degrees-  Below are healthcare positions that may require education such as certification, but do not require a degree.  

Physical Therapy Assistant and aide- Work under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist Median wage- $23.12 hourly, $48,090 annual

Medical Records and Health Information Technician- Processes, maintains, compiles, and reports patient information for health requirements and standards.  Median salary- $19.40 hourly, $40,350 annual

Dental Assistant- Provide patient care, take X-rays, do recording keeping and schedule appointment. Median wage- $18.54 hourly, $38,660 annual

Medical Secretary- Duties may include scheduling appointments, billing patients, and compiling and recording medical charts, reports, and correspondence.  Median salary- $17.19 hourly, $32,760 annual

Phlebotomist- Draws blood for tests, transfusions, donations, or research.  Median salary- $16.58 hourly, $34,480 annual

Medical assistant- Performs duties assisting a physician such as taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood, and administering medications. Median salary- $16.16 hourly, $33.610 annual

Pharmacy Technician- Prepares medications under the direction of a pharmacist.  Median salary- $15.72 hourly, $32,790 annual

Nursing assistant- Provides basic patient care such as feeding, bathing, dressing, grooming, or moving patients, or changing linens. Median salary- $13.72 hourly, $28,530 annual

Home health and hospice aide- Provides routine individualized healthcare such as changing bandages and dressing wounds, at the patient’s home or in a care facility.  Median wage- $11.57 hourly, $24,060 annual

A job in healthcare can be rewarding.  As the ancient Roman philosopher Cicero said, “In nothing do men more nearly approach the gods than in giving health to men.

Stacy Harshman

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