If you are looking at a possible career in health care, now might be a good time to start looking. In the next seven years, the health care industry is projected to create 3.2 million jobs, according to the Department of Labor. To help you decide which health care career is right for you, we’ve highlighted five:
Medical and Health Services Manager
This job is for those who are more business-minded. Medical and health services managers plan, direct, coordinate and supervise the delivery of health care.
A master’s degree in health services administration, long-term care administration, health sciences, public health, public administration or business administration are typical courses for this career. However, a bachelor’s degree could be enough for some entry-level positions in smaller facilities.
The average annual salary: $93,670.
If you like working in a fast-paced and rewarding environment, a career as a registered nurse is the right kind of job. Nurses save lives by helping those in critical or stable condition sustain or improve their quality of life.
A bachelor’s degree, an associate degree or a diploma from an approved nursing program is standard for this career.
The average annual salary: $67,720.
Medical Records and Health Information Technician
If you don’t like dealing with patients, consider working as a medical records and health information technician. In this capacity, you handle patients’ health information.
One perk for qualifying for this job is that you only need an associate degree, which could take as little as two years to complete.
The average annual salary: $35,010.
Unlike medical records and health information technicians, medical assistants work directly with patients, often taking their medical histories and vital signs. So if you’re a people person, a career as a medical assistant could be just what you’re looking for.
Medical assisting programs can sometimes be completed within one to two years, through either a certificate or associate’s degree program.
The average annual salary: $29,760.
Don’t like working in a medical setting? About 75 percent of pharmacy technicians work in a retail setting. The job often involves helping licensed pharmacists prepare prescription drugs or provide customer care.
You simply need a certificate or associate degree on pharmacy tech or a related course, which generally takes six months to two years.
The average annual salary: $29,330.
For more information on retraining, sign up at the box on the right.
Become a Premium Member to gain full access to different Government Benefits.