If you’re looking for job stability, finding a job in healthcare is the way to go. In a study of the most secure jobs, a third of the career paths were in the medical field.
It’s easy to see why a doctor’s job is safe, but did you know there are healthcare jobs that don’t require thousands of dollars in college tuition? You can find your place in the health field with manageable training programs. We’ve put together the top five medical jobs that don’t call for a medical degree.
Disclaimer: the salaries listed are averages that do not include benefits and may be different for your region.
- Registered Nurse
Average Pay: $50k-$90k
A registered nurse admits patients, assesses their condition, and records notes for the doctor. They are also responsible for administering medicine and monitoring medical equipment.
To become a registered nurse, you will need an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in nursing, or complete a nursing program. Regardless of your education, you will need to pass the National Council Licensure Examination before being hired.
- Radiation Therapist
Average Pay: $56k-$100k
A radiation therapist operates the machine and explains treatment plans to patients. They closely monitor the patient during treatment and watch for unusual reactions.
To become a radiation therapist, you will need an associate’s degree in radiation therapy and pass the national certification exam.
- Home Health Aide
Average Pay: $19k-$33k
Home health aides visit patients in their homes. They help them with their daily needs, track their vitals and condition, and are ready to help in an emergency. This job may not be the most glamorous of healthcare jobs, but it helps patients maintain their independence and health.
This job does not require any special certification or degrees, and most training is done on the job.
- Dental Assistant
Average Pay: $26k-$48k
A dental assistant cleans teeth by removing plaque and polishing each tooth in preparation for the dentist to examine. A dental assistant also looks for signs of oral disease, takes x-rays, assists the dentist during procedures, and educates the patient on good dental practices.
To become a dental assistant, you will need an associate’s degree or complete a dental assistant training program.
Average Pay: $25k-$42k
If you’re not queasy around blood or needles, this could be the job for you. A phlebotomist draws blood samples from patients that will be sent to the lab for testing.
A phlebotomist doesn’t require a degree, but you will need to complete a certification class that can last anywhere from 6-12 weeks.
The Best of All Healthcare Jobs
These are only a sampling of the many options you can pursue when looking, but the best of all healthcare jobs is the one that fits your life and personality.
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