The medical field is growing rapidly, creating new opportunities for compassionate people who enjoy helping others. Although you need a bachelor's degree for some health careers, several rewarding jobs require no more than two years of training. If you're interested in breaking into the medical field, one of these health careers may be for you.
A phlebotomist collects blood samples and ensures the samples are labeled properly before sending them to a laboratory. Although there are associate degree programs that include phlebotomy training, it's possible to become a phlebotomist in just a few months. After just 75 hours of classroom instruction and hands-on training, you can also take a phlebotomy certification exam, improving your chances of getting a job.
2. Dental Assistant
There are several health careers involving the teeth, but dental assisting is the one that requires the least training. Dental assistants perform a variety of clinical duties, from exposing dental X-rays to sterilizing instruments. As a dental assistant, you may also order supplies, answer the telephone and perform other clerical tasks.
3. Medical Assistant
Medical assistants perform a combination of clinical and secretarial work in support of doctors, nurses and other medical professionals. In addition to filing, greeting patients and performing billing duties, you may be responsible for taking vital signs, collecting laboratory specimens and helping physicians conduct examinations. Unlike other health careers, it doesn't take four or more years to become a medical assistant. Many training programs take one year or less to complete.
4. Personal Care Aide
Not all health careers involve working in a hospital or private practice. If you want some flexibility, consider becoming a personal care aide for a home-health agency. Aides help their patients with basic activities of daily living, such as getting dressed and taking baths. You may also run errands or do some light housekeeping work for the people in your care.
5. EKG Technician
An electrocardiogram helps diagnose problems with the heart's electrical system. All types of medical facilities need EKG technicians on hand to perform this important test. You don't need a bachelor's degree to become an EKG technician, but you do need approximately 40 hours of training to qualify for certification.
6. Veterinary Technician
If you don't want to work with human patients, consider becoming a veterinary technician. Veterinarians hire technicians to assist with exams, administer medications and prepare animals to undergo surgical procedures. Veterinary technicians also schedule appointments, collect payments from clients and perform other clerical duties.
Working in the medical field is a serious undertaking, but you don't have to spend four or more years training for a job. Several health careers require fewer than two years of training, making it easier to break into the medical field and experience the satisfaction of helping people on a daily basis.
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