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What are some good jobs in the healthcare field?

Asked by mass_pike4 (2096points) May 17th, 2010

I am looking to go into the healthcare field. I will have my bachelor’s degree in sport & lesure management this year however. I would like to go to school for a couple years to focus on a degree in healthcare. I would like to know which careers would be good for me to focus on for just a couple years. I want to make at least $30,000 to start off. What careers would be best for me?

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bob_'s avatar

Would you like it to be related to sports? I’d say try something in rehabilitation.

mass_pike4's avatar

It does not have to be related to sport, but it would be nice. I am just interested in the healthcare field in general….a health claims specialist for example.

Seaofclouds's avatar

If you want to keep with sports, you may want to look into physical therapy. If you don’t want it to be related to sports, it really depends on you. If you like taking care of people and don’t mind bodily fluids, nursing is a good career. If you don’t want to provide direct patient care like that, you could look into being a x-ray or ultrasound tech.

gorillapaws's avatar

Take a look at vascular technologists there’s a shortage of them and they do very well for the amount of education the position requires.

mass_pike4's avatar

@Seaofclouds: Physical therapy is interesting. However, I would need to be in school for a lot longer. I am looking for a program where I can graduate in a couple years and be certified enough to apply for a job in healthcare. I do like your idea of an ultrasound tech, but I think I am more qualified to be a full time technician

Seaofclouds's avatar

@mass_pike4 There are full time positions for ultrasound techs, it just depends on where you are at and where you get a job. Even those require quite a bit of schooling though.

Dr_Dredd's avatar

It’s more than a couple of years of school, but how about sports medicine physician or orthopedist? :-)

jayhawk4life's avatar

Nursing. It give you numerous oppurtunities. And if you get bored with one specialty you can switch.

Lightlyseared's avatar

There are tons of different jobs in healthcare. I’m a nurse trained to perform gastroscopies and colonoscopies.

Disc2021's avatar

Respiratory Therapy (what I’m in school for) – Average starting salary near me is between 40–45k.

Nursing – Same.

Physicians’s Assistant – Average start is about 60k (a bit more schooling).

Radiography/Nuclear medicine – Not sure.

Occupational Therapy – Not sure.

Dietitian – Not sure.

Sonography (Though if you’re a male, could be a very difficult thing to get into, consider harassment lawsuits and such).

Anesthesiologist – Not a whole lot of schooling but a very precise job, any milligram measurement off could kill a patient. Probably gets paid the most.

Funeral care (someone’s gotta do it).

Dental Hygiene.

gorillapaws's avatar

@Disc2021 Anesthesiologists are M.D.‘s, I wouldn’t exactly call that “Not a whole lot of schooling.”

Perhaps you’re thinking of nurse anesthetist, in which case I would agree that it might be a good fit.

Lightlyseared's avatar

@Disc2021 why would sonography be difficult for a male to get into?

@gorillapaws In the UK an anesthetist is a consultant physician. I always find it amusing how the UK and US use the same words to mean different things.

gorillapaws's avatar

@Lightlyseared Typically, whenever there’s a female patient in an examination/procedure situation, there is always another female staffer present as well to discourage false claims of sexual abuse. This can make it more difficult for males to hold certain positions, since it effectively requires 2 people to do the job of one.

Lightlyseared's avatar

@gorillapaws so males don’t require ultrasound examinations?

gorillapaws's avatar

@Lightlyseared I didn’t say that, but men don’t typically claim sexual assault by female ultrasound techs, and if they did it would probably be easier to defend from the hospital’s standpoint with his word vs. hers. I’m not saying the system is perfect.

Lightlyseared's avatar

In that case no man should be able to get a job in any healthcare profession.

gorillapaws's avatar

@Lightlyseared not true at all. Many positions don’t practically necessitate 1 on 1 examination/procedures between men and women. Male physicians will typically have a female nurse present in these situations as an example.

Disc2021's avatar

@gorillapaws I stand corrected, that’s what I was thinking of. You’re right =P.

Lightlyseared's avatar

@gorillapaws but why employ a male physician and a nurse when you could just employ a female physician.

gorillapaws's avatar

@Lightlyseared lol because the female physician will still need a nurse.

FireMadeFlesh's avatar

@Disc2021 I’m not sure of the education requirements in your country, but in mine Sonography is two years post-graduate study after having done another medical imaging degree such as Diagnostic Radiography or Nuclear Medicine. It isn’t really “good for me to focus on for just a couple years,” since it would take about six years to complete.

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