7 health care jobs that require no experience
Get a job in one of the fastest-growing industries—without having to go to college.
Ask economists the most promising career field in America, and they’ll undoubtedly say health care. But who has time for medical school—or even community college—for that matter?
Although many employers do look for prior experience or certificates, some entry-level health care positions require none at all. In fact, they can be learned through on-the-job training.
Better yet, the health sector is one of the best places to get your foot in the door with one job before moving up a very diverse career ladder that offers the promise of long-term job security.
That’s especially true with allied-health support positions. The workers in these 50 or so professions support doctors and nurses in many ways, including taking X-rays, drawing blood, assisting with physical therapy, and analyzing lab specimens.
Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, here are seven health care jobs that often require no training to get hired and that are projected to be in high demand in coming years.
What you'd do: Caregivers, or home health aides, assist elderly or disabled adults with daily activities at home or in daytime care facilities. Duties may include making beds, doing laundry, preparing meals, as well as advising families, the elderly and disabled on nutrition, cleanliness, and household utilities.
What you'd need: A high school diploma or equivalent is typically required, though it's not mandatory for some positions. View a sample resume for a caregiver.
What you'd make: $24,060 per year
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2. Medical assistant
What you'd do: Medical assistants perform office tasks (answering phones, greeting patients, updating medical records, filling out forms, scheduling appointments, arranging for hospital admission and laboratory services, and bookkeeping) as well as medical care duties (taking patients’ blood pressure, preparing them for exams or assisting physicians during minor procedures).
What you'd need: A high school diploma or postsecondary education such as a certificate are typical. View a sample resume for a medical assistant.
What you'd make: $33,610 per year
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3. Medical biller
What you'd do: Medical billers, or health information technicians, collect payments from patients, submits reimbursement claims to insurers and maintains billing records.
What you'd need: A high school diploma or an associate’s degree is typical, and certification is often required too.
What you'd make: $40,350 per year
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4. Medical secretary
What you'd do: Assists with day-to-day management of medical offices. Duties can include scheduling appointments, training staff, operating new office technologies, ordering supplies, preparing letters, arranging for lab procedures and helping physicians with reports.
What you'd need: An associate's degree and certification are often required. View a sample resume for a medical receptionist.
What you'd make: $35,760 per year
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5. Nursing assistant
What you'd do: Nursing assistants provide indirect care and perform routine tasks under the supervision of nursing and medical staff. They may escort patients to operating and examining rooms, keep patients’ rooms neat, set up equipment, store and move supplies, assist with some procedures, as well as report on any changes to a patient’s physical, mental and emotional condition.
What you'd need: You must complete a state-approved education program and pass your state’s competency exam to become certified. View a sample resume for a certified nursing assistant.
What you'd make: $28,530 per year
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6. Occupational therapist aide
What you'd do: OT aides work with occupational therapists to provide rehabilitative services to people with mental, physical, or emotional impairments. Aides also prepare materials and assemble equipment for treatment and perform various clerical tasks (e.g., scheduling appointments, answering phones, restocking supplies, filling out insurance forms).
What you'd need: Typically, a high school diploma or equivalent is required.
What you'd make: $28,160 per year
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7. Psychiatric aide
What you'd do: Helps care for physically or mentally ill individuals confined to hospitals or mental-health settings. Work includes helping patients dress, bathe and eat, or leading educational and recreational activities. Aides also observe patients and report any physical or behavioral changes.
What you'd need: A high school diploma or equivalent is the minimum.
What you'd make: $29,180 per year
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Get hired in health care
As health care continues to grow as an industry, so will the need for workers in a variety of roles—many of which won't even require you to have gone to med school. Are you trying to get your foot in the door, but aren't sure where to start? Join Monster for free today. As a member, you can upload up to five versions of your resume and cover letter—each tailored to the types of health care jobs that interest you. Recruiters search Monster every day looking to fill top jobs with highly talented candidates, just like you. Additionally, you can get job alerts sent directly to your inbox so you can spend less time combing through ads and more time emailing your resume to hiring managers.
Mike Smith is a vice president at Fenton, a communications firm for public-interest clients. His work with nonprofits and foundations includes a focus on workforce issues, specifically the opportunities in allied-health professions. Learn more about these issues at CalHealthJobs.org or on Twitter @CalHealthJobs.