The healthcare profession is vast. There are more than 50 different career pathways for anyone interested in working in healthcare, so if you don’t have a clue about your future aspirations, it is easy to feel a bit lost. Whilst we don’t have time in this article to give every possible career a mention, here are some jobs in healthcare you might not have considered.
Healthcare Compliance Expert
Compliance is a major issue within the U.S. healthcare sector. The law governs all hospitals, clinics and individual practitioners and is there to protect patients and their families from any wrongdoing. As a healthcare compliance expert, you will be an expert in health and law policy and will probably have a masters in health law.
If your talents lie in the administrative sector but you want to work in healthcare, a career as a nurse administrator or hospital administrator is likely to appeal to you. It is quite common for registered nurses to study for a master’s in nursing administration once they want to move into management, but you can start from a junior administrative role and work your way up from there.
Occupational Health and Safety Specialist
Occupational Health and Safety specialists make sure work environments are safe for customers and employees. You have to be fully cognizant with current health and safety legislation, as you will be asked to advise businesses on their health and safety policy manuals design programs and set up policies to prevent accidents and injuries. It is customary to have a degree in occupational health for this career path.
A phlebotomist draws blood for transfusions, blood tests, research and donations from the general public. You don’t need a degree to be a phlebotomist, but you do need specialist training and good people skills. It’s not the best-paid job in the healthcare sector, but skilled phlebotomists are always in demand at hospitals and clinics; it’s also a job you can do while you qualify as an RN.
Respiratory therapists help people who have problems breathing. They typically help patients with asthma or emphysema, but they may also be called upon to help out in an emergency, for example if a patient is having trouble breathing because of a heart attack. Once you are qualified, you can expect to earn upwards of $55k a year.
Clinical Laboratory Technologist
Clinical laboratory technologists work in a laboratory setting. They analyze tissue samples, body fluids and other samples. If you are admitted to hospital and the doctor asks for some tests to be carried out, a clinical laboratory technologist is the person who will do the lab work. You will need a background in science, chemistry or biology to work in a laboratory setting.
Home Health Aide
If you enjoy working with the elderly or disabled in their own home, this is the right job for you. You can work with different patients, or care for one person full-time.
Talk to a careers counsellor if you are uncertain which career path to follow, as different jobs require different qualifications and skills.