The medical field is a demanding one that requires responsibility and diligence. Here are a few career options in this field that are relatively easier than the others.
No matter what medical career you are planning to seek, you will require a certification in addition to your graduation degree. Aspiring nurses and doctors require four years of formal education in nursing/medicine, plus two years of master’s degree, along with experience in order to work as registered nurses or practicing physicians. Besides, they are also required to obtain a license from the national board or the concerned governing board. The entire process is very draining, and only the best make it to the top. However, students who cannot invest these many years in education due to lack of means or aptitude, can sure explore other fairly easy careers in this field. Although, these are not exactly the high-paying jobs in the medical field, they would allow you to earn a decent living.
A career of a physical therapist is close to that of a nurse or doctor. A physical therapist assists disabled patients to improve their mobility. Although this is not exactly an easy career, it is comparatively easier than that of a nurse or doctor. Moreover, it gives you the liberty to start your own practice after completion of a degree in physical therapy. Physical therapy graduates need to obtain a license for starting their own clinic or for practicing with hospitals. You can earn about $60,000 a year or more, with experience.
Medical assistants are in great demand in hospitals, private clinics, physician offices, etc. The job of a medical assistant includes scheduling appointments, filling forms and maintaining documents, communicating with patients and doctors, and so on. In short, it deals with all the organizing tasks that are required for the smooth functioning of a hospital or clinic. To work as a medical assistant, you will require at least a high school diploma and an associate’s degree or diploma. More than academic education, personnel skills are preferred for this job position. A medical assistant can earn anywhere between $20,000 to $40,000 a year.
If you know a foreign language, you can seriously consider this option. It essentially involves communicating with patients that do not know English. This job includes interpreting medical documents of foreign patients and collaborating with foreign doctors, should the need arise.
Medical Coding and Billing
Medical coding and billing jobs are available through hospitals as well as health insurance companies. The job requires one to maintain bills, assign codes to diagnostic procedures, verify facts and figures for insurance claims, and collaborating with patient and insurance companies regarding claims. Usually, both these jobs require a distinct set of skills. The salary range is between $20,000 to $40,000 a year.
Before entering the medical field, be assured that none of the careers in this field are ‘easy’ or less demanding. Also, salaries depend upon location, experience, and type of employer.