7 great health care jobs that don't require a college degree
Health care is the largest employment sector, making it even easier for you to break into this field.
So you’re thinking about a job in health care. It’s a smart choice—the jobs tend to pay well. And with expanded insurance options providing care to more people, health care providers are scrambling to expand their teams, which means a variety of job opportunities are waiting for applicants. In fact, there are a handful of health care and hospital jobs that don't require a degree.
You might assume that you’d need a bachelor’s or at least an associate degree to get any job in health care. Turns out that’s just not the case. Some require a short certification course, while others don’t even need that much. Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Monster gathered great health care jobs you can get without a college degree.
1. Medical scribe
What you'd do: Physicians who use scribes—individuals who complete the patient chart using electronic medical records software—can focus on the patient instead of the computer, resulting in a better experience, says Alex Ruwe, a regional scribe manager at Woodland Hills, California-based Essia Health.
What you'd need: To become a medical scribe, you’d need an interest in medicine and must be able to think—and type—quickly, Ruwe says.
What you'd make: $35,250 per year
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2. Medical assistant
What you'd do: A medical assistant provides support to a medical staff without getting totally hands on. This means performing administrative tasks such as scheduling appointments, updating medical records and bookkeeping, and preparing patients for exams.
What you'd need: The qualifications are simple enough. Medical assistants need to take a postsecondary program that usually takes about a year, says Michael Lan, senior resume consultant at Resume Writer Direct in Wilmington, Delaware.
What you'd make: $32,480 per year
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What you'd do: Phlebotomists draw blood in lab settings, a somewhat routine, but very important job in the health care industry.
What you'd need: To be a phlebotomist, you’d need a certification, which usually takes about six to 12 weeks, says health care consumer advocate Michelle Katz. Taking a phlebotomist job is a good way to get an intro to the field and to see if it’s the right fit for you in the long run.
What you'd make: $33,670 per year
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4. Medical coder
What you'd do: This is an in-demand job in medicine, Katz says. Medical coders go over medical records and establish the proper coding for insurance reimbursement. It’s not a hands-on role, but it is crucial.
What you'd need: Becoming a medical coder does take some training, and that will vary depending on the employer and specialty. If you’re familiar with ICD-10, the new coding system expected to go into effect this year, you’ve got an even better shot of landing this gig, according to Katz.
What you'd make: $39,180 per year
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5. Surgical technologist
What you'd do: Surgical technologists work in the operating rooms, prepping the surgical equipment and helping doctors as needed. They may work in inpatient or outpatient facilities, Katz says.
What you'd need: An associate's degree or completion of a certification program.
What you'd make: $46,310 per year
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6. Ultrasound technician
What you'd do: Ultrasound techs perform ultrasounds on patients and pass along information to providers. Working as an ultrasound technician is another good way to determine if you’re cut out for a job in health care, Katz says.
What you'd need: An associate’s degree or a postsecondary certificate.
What you'd make: $65,620 per year
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7. Assisted living
What you'd do: There are many different available jobs in assisted living that do not require a degree. For example, personal care assistants who, as part of their multifaceted jobs, may help people in and out of bed and perform some daily tasks. Also within this industry exists opportunities for caregivers, dining services representatives, housekeepers, and maintenance and administrative personnel.
What you'd need: A proven history and passion for working with seniors is a huge plus for positions such as caregivers (both certified and not), dining services, housekeeping, maintenance, activities and administrative positions.
What you'd make: Caregivers earn $23,130 per year
How to land one of these jobs
Want to move your application to the top of the pile and increase your chances of getting hired? Of course, you do! Well, in order to land one of these health care jobs, you'll need to focus on getting in front of hiring managers. Need help? Join Monster today. As a member, you can upload up to five versions of your resume—each tailored to the jobs that interest you. Recruiters search Monster every day looking to fill top jobs with qualified candidates, just like you. Additionally, you can get job alerts sent to your inbox as soon as positions become available. Your health care career is waiting!