Career focused training could be for you
College is an excellent way to prepare for a successful career, but it is not the only way. There are many careers that do not require a college degree, and you may find that these jobs are a good fit for you. Some career training courses can be completed in a year or even less. Others may be two-year associate’s degree programs.
One of the popular fields for non-degree careers is the field of healthcare. While doctors and registered nurses need to obtain high-level degrees, there are many allied health positions where a degree is not required. Here are some options you might want to consider:
Medical assistant. Medical assistants can work in doctors’ offices, hospitals, surgical centers, outpatient centers, urgent care facilities, and other healthcare organizations. Training for medical assisting can be completed in less than one year. You will learn how to take vital signs, administer injections, take blood samples, and work as a team member on a part of a healthcare team.
Home health aide. Home health aides are priceless to the patients who receive their care. They come into a patient’s home and assist them with their basic needs and daily living. They may work with patients who are elderly, disabled, or suffering from chronic illnesses. Training can be completed in less than one year.
Nursing assistant. Nursing assistants are an important part of long-term care and nursing facilities. They assist RN’s in caring for the residents. While the RNs handle the medical issues, the nursing assistants focus on the residents’ basic everyday needs such as eating, bathing, and moving from place to place.
Medical biller or medical coder. Medical billing and coding specialists work behind the scenes in healthcare facilities. They process health insurance claims and ensure that healthcare providers are reimbursed for their services.
Phlebotomist. If you have ever had your blood drawn, you have met a phlebotomist. Phlebotomists work in labs and other medical facilities where they draw blood specimens for blood testing. They play a critical role in the healthcare system, since blood testing is such an important method of testing for certain illnesses and conditions.
Practical Nurse. Practical nurses (LPNs) undergo more training than nursing assistants, and therefore have more responsibilities on the job. Many practical nurses work in nursing homes and long-term care facilities where they assist residents or patients with their health needs. Because residents of nursing homes stay for weeks, months, or even years, practical nurses have the opportunity to form long-term bonds with their patients.
Administrative medical assistant. Running a doctor’s office is not easy. Administrative medical assistants work in front offices of doctors’ offices and hospitals where they handle such tasks as scheduling, billing, medical coding, insurance issues, and inventory.
Dental Assistant. Dental assistants work in dental offices, where they help prepare exam rooms, sterilize instruments, and assist the dentist during procedures.
This is just small sampling of the careers you can pursue without a full four-year college degree. Be sure to check with your local community college, vocational schools, and private career schools to see what programs are being offered.
For more information on careers, job outlook, and salary information, visit the online Occupational Outlook Handbook. This resource provides detailed career information on hundreds of different careers.
This article was provided by the Harris Casel Institute, located in Melbourne, Florida. To learn more about our training programs, contact us online today.