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    The Different Types of Jobs in the Healthcare Industry ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, healthcare jobs should grow at a rate of 16% by 2030. That's much faster than other professions. Are you at the stage of your life where you're busy choosing a career path? You should seriously consider working toward a career in the healthcare industry. Check out some of the options available, below. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ Clinical vs Non-Clinical Healthcare Industry Jobs ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ Working in healthcare doesn't always involve direct interactions with patients. Clinical jobs, like those performed by doctors and nurses, involve providing medical care to patients. You need to complete a specialized degree for these kinds of jobs. Non-clinical jobs include administrative or business tasks, like billing or communications. You don't usually require a degree, certification, or licensing to find an entry-level job in these areas. If you want to earn top dollar in these jobs, you'll need an advanced degree or a lot of experience. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ Clinical Healthcare Careers ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ Doctors, nurses, and surgeons are the best-known healthcare workers. Yet, many other professions involve taking care of patients. These are a few less well-known occupations in clinical healthcare: ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ Occupational Therapist ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ Occupational therapists help people on their road to recovery. They also work with disabled people to help them improve their quality of life. OT's focus on helping people regain or develop the basic skills needed for self-care, so they can live their lives as normally as possible. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ Some of their duties include: ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ Teaching their patients exercises,  Administering therapies,  Redesigning living spaces for ease of use ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ You need a master's degree to become an occupational therapist. Your journey starts with a two-year OT assistant associate degree. After that, you must pass the COTA (Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant) exam. Once you receive this accreditation, it's best to gain some experience working as an OTA before you apply for an occupational therapy degree program. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ You can pursue a bachelor's degree in a related field before progressing to a master's program. Alternatively, you can apply for a combined bachelor's/master's program. After achieving your master's degree, you must pass the OTR (Occupational Therapy Registered) exam. Only then can you apply for a state license and start work as an occupational therapist. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ Podiatrist ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ Podiatrists specialize in diagnosing and treating the feet, legs, and ankles of patients. They also perform surgery when necessary. They use physical examinations, X-rays, and lab tests to determine the cause of injury or defects and help figure out a remedy. Podiatrists can prescribe medicine and also educate their patients on how to care for their feet. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ Often, podiatrists are the first to discover that a patient is at risk of vascular disease or diabetes. They also treat more common ailments like spurs, arthritis, and ingrown toenails. Are you interested in a career in advanced foot care? You'll need to complete an intensive four-year degree at a specialized podiatric school. You'll also need two years of post-graduate residency training. Podiatrists also benefit from extra accreditations, like a point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) certification from an accredited institution like pocus.org, gcus.com, or iteachu.com. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ Non-Clinical Healthcare Jobs ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ These kinds of jobs don't always involve sitting behind a desk all day. These are some of the more interesting ways you can get involved in the healthcare industry: ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ Medical Social Worker ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ Social workers work with patients and their loved ones to help them cope with the stresses of hospitalization. They meet with these people in person and explain what to expect during treatments and recovery from illness. They can do much to help people cope with overwhelming situations, like a life-threatening diagnosis, and can also work with nurses and doctors to help them deal with anxiety and depression. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ There's a lot of competition for entry-level jobs in this field, and a degree in social work or a related field can help you find a position faster. Most employers require a master's degree in social work with a strong focus on classes involving medically related issues. Once you've attained your master's degree, you'll need to complete a specified number of hours of fieldwork before you can apply for your license. You must keep up to date with healthcare trends and complete continuing education to maintain your license. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ Medical Admissions Clerk ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ This is the ideal job for you if you enjoy working with people and putting them at ease. These clerks are the first to meet and greet patients entering a hospital. In this capacity, you'll deal directly with patients by checking them in, entering their details on the hospital's database, and collecting their insurance information. You might also help with answering phones, dealing with nurses and doctors, or recording additional data. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ If this sounds like the type of job you'll enjoy, you can apply to a hospital without any qualifications apart from your high school diploma. You'll receive on-the-job training, but a secretarial certificate or training as a health record clerk can help you get preference over other applicants. A medical records clerk serves as the middle man between admissions clerks and medical personnel. These workers file and organize patient information and provide the various hospital departments with any information they request. Although you don't need more than a high school diploma to work in this field, you do need experience. So, it's a natural progression to work your way up from a job as a medical admissions clerk to this responsible position. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ Educate Yourself ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ Whether you choose to embark on a career where you require highly specialized training or a more general field, you can always benefit from extra courses and training. One of the most rewarding aspects of any job is the ability to keep learning, so you can stay at the top of your field. Is a career in the healthcare industry not quite the right fit for you? Browse our blog for more of the latest news on higher education.