Healthcare is one of the largest growing segments of the economy. As a job seeker, you may be wondering how you can become a part of this booming industry even if you do not have any medical training. The good news is many careers in healthcare that do not require any medical education. In fact, some of them likely fit your existing skills and experience.
With the growing push for centralized medical record databases and better infrastructure in healthcare facilities, there are opportunities for IT professionals at all levels. Even web developers can find jobs adding new content to hospital and clinic webpages. Network technicians and administrators are in high-demand as well as database designers and application programmers. Whatever your IT niche is, there is a need for it in Healthcare.
You may not immediately think of sales as being part of the medical profession, but it is. Pharmaceutical companies hire sales people to market their products to doctors and, although the sales people are educated about their products, the job does not require any formal medical training. Medical equipment companies also higher salespeople to meet with doctors and administrators to demonstrate new products. If you have a passion for sales and an interest in healthcare, then you can combine both with a medical sales career.
Even hospitals have marketing needs. Someone needs to write press releases and create literature about new products, services and medical developments. Many large hospitals have their own in-house marketing department with public relation specialists, graphic designers and copywriters. The job functions for these roles are the same as they would be with any other company, but employees are likely to enjoy more stability due to the fact there is a growing need for healthcare.
Everyone has to eat. Being a nutritionist is a specialized field, but most large medical facilities have a staff to prepare patient meals. Additionally, many hospitals also have a separate cafeteria for employees and visitors. Granted, these jobs are not as glamorous as being a chef in a popular restaurant, but as hospital employees, cooks enjoy good pay, great benefits, and of course, fantastic health insurance. The only downside is that some hospitals do require a culinary degree.
Every business runs on the strength of its employees. Hospitals, clinics and other large medical facilities need HR people of every level to screen out candidates, make interview recommendations and to keep track of employee records. Human resource job opportunities in healthcare range from high-level administrators to file clerks, so there are positions available for people with varying degrees of HR experience.
Healthcare facilities are businesses just like any other and they always have a need for personnel that serve non-clinical roles. Medical training and/or experience is often desirable, but it is not always a requirement. Take some time to review healthcare job opportunities and you may just find a job that is perfect for you.
About the Author: Kandis Lucarell works as a healthcare IT consultant and loves her job. She started out working in IT in a manufacturing plant and then got the experience necessary to move into health IT. She’s never looked back.