Saturday, July 31, 2010

6 Non-Clinical Medical Jobs for Recent College Graduates

This is a guest post by Kyle Simpson. If you'd like to submit a guest post, please contact me.

6 Non-Clinical Medical Jobs for Recent College Graduates

So you've got your degree, and you know you want to work in the healthcare industry, but you're not ready -- maybe never will be -- to get into a clinical role. That's probably a good thing; the industry is getting top-heavy and there's a massive market for non-clinical medical personnel. Here are six places that you might have an easy time envisioning yourself:

Medical Transcriptionist
This is for all you grads with 80+ word per minute typing skills. If you can listen to doctors -- bonus pay if they're ESL -- and type out what they say using headphones and a special foot pedal to control the audio, you can set yourself up to make a good forty thousand dollars per year. The sheer volume of work that needs to be transcribed makes this a very high-demand job -- and salaries are increasing every year to prove it. The downside? Listening to doctors with strong Hindi and Mandarin accents all day can make it harder to understand your family when you finally take the headphones off.

Medical Secretary
Medical secretaries are one of the top ten highest-demand jobs in America. Experts anticipate a growth rate between 10% and 20% for years to come. If you've got a Bachelors degree, you can clear forty grand per year easily -- and if you keep up with your continued education requirements, that number will only grow.

MRHIT -- Medical Records and Health Information Technician
Another of the fastest-growing careers in America, MRHITs are a vital element of every hospital, nursing home, and clinic in the nation. Their job is to process and maintain patients' records. As electronic health records adapt to new technology, MRHITs must learn, adapt, and adopt new practices while remaining organized and quick. A MRHIT working for a larger organization can clear forty-five thousand dollars per year.

Medical Equipment Preparer
Medical equipment preparers are an invisible but critical part of any practice that uses major medical equipment -- which is almost all of them. Their job is to test, repair, and maintain medical equipment such as MRIs, X-ray machines, and CAT scanners. Most learn their trade on-the-job, but there are vocational programs that can teach you to be a medical equipment preparer as well. Properly trained, a medical equipment preparer can clear sixty grand per year.

Medical Writer
Medical writers must be able to write clearly and concisely about a variety of topics from medical research reports to regulatory documents. Their work is commonly used in medical textbooks, marketing brochures, advertising, white papers, websites, and as scripts for medical videos. Your average medical writer makes a little over sixty thousand dollars per year.

Healthcare Recruiter
Healthcare recruiters have the important job of helping fill vacant healthcare jobs. They market and sell job opportunities that aren't filling themselves. They pre-qualify candidates based on education, experience, and credentials, and they assist in the interview process. Generally, their day consists of going over lots of resumes and cover letters, and conducting brief phone interviews with the candidates that look good. A skilled health care recruiter can expect to make fifty thousand dollars per year.

Kyle Simpson writes for Medical Coding Certification where you can find more information about a career and training in the medical field.

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