There are two things that make a medical career worthwhile. One is the ability to help your fellow man by curing the sick and ensuring that the healthy stay healthy. The other is the ability to provide for yourself and your loved ones. A medical career is both fulfilling and lucrative but the time and effort needed to become a doctor is not for everyone. Luckily, doctor isn’t the only medical career that pays well; the following are a few other entry-level medical careers that you can consider.
A registered nurse provides direct care to medical patients under the supervision of a physician. Aside from doctor’s offices and hospitals, a registered nurse can find employment in schools, hospitals, prisons and assisted living facilities. Nurses administer daily medications and attending to patient needs as well as assisting physicians and monitoring any changes in condition. Nurses are also typically involved in providing advice on health maintenance and disease prevention.
According PayScale.com, a registered nurse could earn about $42,343 – $81-768 a year.
A dental hygienist works with a certified dentist to help prevent dental related diseases or problems. A dental hygienist examines the patient’s teeth and gums and teaches them how to practice good oral hygiene. They may also be tasked to give patients routine cleanings, and are in charge of testing for cavities and other abnormalities. They may also assist the dentist as they perform more complicated procedures. Dental hygienists may also be in charge of general documentation procedures and office management.
According to PayScale.com, a dental hygienist can earn $43,647-$86,859
Health Care Research Analyst
The field of medicine requires the collection of a lot of data and health care research analysts are in charge of compiling and analysing this data. They work with healthcare agencies and hospitals to compile and analyze data that can them be used to understand the current trends in the health care system and come up with reports and allow the medical professionals to make better decisions.
According to PayScale.com, health care analysts can earn between $40,847 and $78,108 a year.
Physical Therapy Assistant
A physical therapy assistant works alongside physical therapists to help patients recover from injuries. The physical therapy assistant helps create a treatment plan and manage the patient’s pain. They help the patient go through therapeutic exercises and help improve mobility and physical strength.
According to PayScale.com, a physical therapy assistant can earn between $30,724 -$65,136 a year.
A medical secretary keeps the day-to-day operations of a medical clinic or office running smoothly. A medical secretary can schedule appointments, bill patients, liaise with insurance companies, update medical records, organize office records, book keeping and accounting, answer phones and basically act as a personal secretary to a physician.
According to PayScale.com, a medical secretary can earn around $21,149-$40,331 annually.
A medical transcriptionist transcribes reviews and inputs dictation that has been recorded by medical professionals. The data transcribed forms the basis for a variety of medical reports such as patient histories, patient consultations and discharge summaries. Some transcriptionists also take part in the actual production of medical reports, records, statistics and administrative materials.
According to PayScale.com, a medical transcriptionist can earn $19,999-$42,492 annually.