You could land one of these 5 great jobs outside of a hospital setting
…and make some nice dough, too.
Hospitals aren’t the only health care organization seeing job growth. And they’re far from the only place you can find work in the health care sector.
In fact, you could find yourself working in people’s private homes, side-by-side with people in need of care. The demand for employees at assisted living facilities, nursing homes and other locales beyond a hospital’s long hallways is on the rise as the population ages, while a focus on cost-cutting across the industry has helped drive interest in treating simple illnesses and injuries at ambulatory care clinics (also known as outpatient care).
Cheryl Palmer, president of Call to Career coaching in Colesville, Maryland, says now is a good time to explore some of these career options. “With insurance companies trying to find less expensive ways to deliver care, it is no surprise that ambulatory care is growing,” she says. “ [The] aging population is driving innovation and growth in health care delivery.”
So if you’ve decided a hospital isn’t the place for you, but you’re set on landing a good gig in health care, take a look at these five jobs that are not in hospitals. (Salary data courtesy of Bureau of Labor Statistics.)
Where you’d work: In-home settings are typical places of employment for personal care aides, Palmer says. “Home health care is exploding because of an aging population. Many seniors do not require hospitalization, but they do need assistance in their homes,” she adds. Hospice settings are another possibility.
What you’d do: Personal care aides help people who can’t care for themselves by assisting with washing, dressing and eating, or supporting them if they’re still able to get out and about.
What you’d need: Most aides need a high-school diploma, but training often comes on the job.
What you’d make: $20,980 per year
Where you’d work: Physical therapists may work in ambulatory care, rehabilitation clinics or hospice settings.
What you’d do: Physical therapists help people work on their strength and movements, and may help them manage pain through exercise.
What you’d need: Physical therapists must have a doctorate of physical therapy as well as a license.
What you’d make: $84,020 per year
Where you’d work: Many nurses work in ambulatory care. “The cost for patients to be seen in urgent-care clinics is far less than the cost of an emergency room visit,” Palmer says. “And outpatient care is growing for the same reason—reduced cost.”
What you’d do: Nurses provide direct patient care in a variety of settings. They coordinate patient care across teams while providing emotional support and advice to patients and their families.
What you’d need: To work as a registered nurse, you’ll need an associate degree or a bachelor’s degree in nursing, and then you’ll need to pass the licensing exam.
What you’d make: $67,490 per year
Where you’d work: Dietitians and nutritionists may work in nursing homes or other residential elder-care settings, such as assisted living or hospice care, as well as in mental health facilities.
What you’d need: Working in these positions generally requires a bachelor’s degree and some training. Many states also require a license.
What you’d make: $57,910 per year
Where you’d work: CNAs may work in assisted living facilities and nursing homes. “Seniors want to maintain their independence as long as possible, and assisted-living facilities enable them to do that,” Palmer says.
What you’d do: People in this position provide basic care for people in long-term-care facilities.
What you’d need: Certified nursing assistants are often required to complete a state-approved program and pass a competency exam to get certification.
What you’d make: $25,710 per year
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