Employment in the healthcare industry is expected to grow by 19% in the next seven years, which is much higher than the average for all types of work. And you don’t have to be a doctor or nurse to reap the rewards. There are many medical care and support careers available that don’t require years of preparation. For some of them, a certificate of proficiency will get you in the door; in others, all you need is a knack for on-the-job training.
If you are retired and looking to get back into the workforce or just looking for a new career path, here are five great healthcare jobs to consider:
1.Massage Therapist for Older People
Massage therapists work in private practice, group practices, chiropractic clinics, nursing homes, airports, hospices, and hospitals. Employment of massage therapists is projected to grow 22 percent from 2014 to 2024.
2. Medical Biller/Coder
The gist of this back-office job is to convert medical terminology for everything from shingles to a torn ACL into the numerical codes that insurance companies use for reimbursement processing. You fill out electronic forms to get the claims started. Potential employers include billing companies, physician offices, hospitals, hospices, clinics, and insurers.
3. Medical Interpreter
With the global economy running on multiple languages, employment growth for interpreters and translators is projected to grow by 29%. Interpreters help patients communicate with doctors, nurses, and other medical staff, either face-to-face or remotely by phone or video link. Translators handle writer material such as informational brochures, forms that patients must read and sign, and patient records. Spanish is the most in-demand language, but the need for Arabic, Chinese/Mandarin, German, and Russian is growing.
Optician employment is expected to grow by 24%. Your job is to order, fit, and adjust new eyeglasses. You interpret the prescription by an ophthalmologist or optometrist to help a client select the right frame and lens. Jobs are typically in stores that sell eye-wear or in an ophthalmologist’s’ private practice office.
5. Telemetry Technician
Telemetry technicians perform cardiac tests on patients using an electrocardiogram, or EKG. You’re in charge of prepping a patient for an exam, taping electrodes to the chest, arms and legs, and monitoring cardiac activity as it blips up and down on a computer screen. You may also perform more specific monitoring, such as stress testing, in which the patient walks rapidly on a treadmill.
For more information about pay range and qualifications for these positions, visit AARP.