Job security and competitive pay are some of the most important elements that a career path can offer, but in today’s employment market many feel that they are denied these things by their lack of a four year college degree. One of the sectors that offers these things most easily is the healthcare industry, which actually has several positions available for those who have not had the opportunity of a advanced degree.
One possibility that does not require an advanced degree is the occupation of medical transcriptionist. Those with this job in healthcare usually have a high school diploma or a GED and a certificate that says they are qualified. Certification programs can take anywhere from 6 months to two years, which is significantly less than the amount of time it takes to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Medical transcriptionists work in a variety of settings where the usual environments where healthcare jobs exist.
There is also a recent increase in work from home opportunities for medical transcriptionists who already have a few years of experience. These individual are responsible for transcribing dictated medical reports about patients’ conditions and medical procedures into documents that can be used by insurance companies and doctor’s offices. Medical transcriptionists are expected to edit such information for grammar and proper medical terms. On average this healthcare job offers salaries anywhere from $25,000 to $30,000 a year, depending on the location of the position and experience the individual has.
Other healthcare jobs similar to that of medical transcriptionists are those of medical coding and medical billing professionals. Those who work in medical coding maintain patients’ records using a universal coding system in order to ensure compliance with federal regulations and insurance requirements. Medical billing is a sub-specialty of medical coding. Certain certification programs may offer medical billing training by itself, but it is more beneficial to invest in a program that offers both. On average these individuals make anywhere from $31,236 to $40,000 a year.
Another healthcare job available for those who do not wish to get a four year degree is that of Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs). Those with this healthcare job are responsible for assisting hands-on in patient care through taking vital signs, general care, and some administrative work. With the nation supposedly on its way towards a national nursing shortage, the demand for CNAs and their wages are increasing, making this an excellent opportunity for those who want a job in healthcare but do not wish or cannot put in the time needed for a four year degree. CNAs only have to complete a certification program and pass an exam to be qualified to work. The average median salary for this position is $21,196 a year.