Beyond Doctors and Nurses: 6 Great Jobs in Healthcare
You don’t have to be an MD or an RN to get a great job in health care. It takes a wide variety of professionals with diverse skills to effectively provide health care services. If you’re looking for a new opportunity, consider one of these six great jobs in health care.
Medical assistants help doctors and nurses and pick up some administrative tasks as well. “Medical assistants can make a practice thrive and my assistant is invaluable in every way,” says Antonio Pizarro, a gynecologist and urogynecologist. “Medical assistants straddle the clinical and clerical aspects of medical care in a way I could never do. They can make the patient experience fulfilling and help create an efficient, effective clinical team.”
Medical coders are in high demand now, says Lindsay Davis, health information management branch manager at Addison Group. People in these positions code medical records to ensure health care providers are appropriately reimbursed for the services they provide. “We've seen salaries for this role continue to rise over the past two years, with no sign of slowing down as the mandated deadline to switch to ICD-10 by October of this year approaches.”
The job is also attractive because it can be done remotely. “Many medical coders have the opportunity to work from home, so there's no need to relocate,” Davis says.
With more people getting health insurance and changes to how health care is provided, health care and benefits counselor is becoming a more important job, says Annie Durkin, director of sales and business development at benefitsContinuum. People in benefits counseling educate others about preventative care, coverage offerings, financial wellness, changing behaviors for healthier lifestyles and so on.
Changing diets and increasing focus on nutrition can help people manage their health, but they often need guidance to get it right, and that’s where nutritionists and dietitians come in. “With the increasing rates of disease related to diet, including diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol and even cancer, nutrition as a profession has never been more needed and accepted,” says Jamie Schehr, a registered dietitian.
Changing trends and scientific advances in food make this job a vital one in health care, Schehr says. “Dietitians have the unique opportunity to be an integral part of a persons journey through navigating their own health.”
And for those who don’t want to manage their own food, personal chefs can customize food plans and meals for health. “We prepare customized meals to people who are trying to manage health issues like obesity, heart disease, diabetes and autoimmune deficiencies,” says Denise Macuk, executive chef of California Chef.
Melissa Reed is the administrator of Solon Retirement Village, a retirement campus including assisted living, skilled nursing and long-term care. “Nursing home administration allows you to run a business and provide care to the elderly,” says Reed, who has worked in health care for more than 15 years.