Shadowing a DoctorAugust 4, 2014
When it comes to breaking into a new profession, knowing where to start can be confusing. If you have just graduated from medical school, you will want a job that pays enough to cover your rent and also helps you gain some valuable experience so you can move up in the healthcare profession as quickly as possible. However, despite the huge demand for healthcare workers, most require that you have at least one or two years experience under your belt. This can put you in that classic Catch-22 situation – how are you supposed to gain the necessary experience if nobody will hire you because you are inexperienced? Fortunately, there are a few entry-level jobs in healthcare that are easier to get into, pay pretty well and will help you get that much-needed experience.
Physical Therapy Assistant
Physical therapy aides work alongside physical therapists. They help with routine activities and also help document a patient’s progress and create appropriate treatment plans. PT assistants get plenty of hands-on experience and on-the-job training.
Most PT assistants eventually go on to become licensed physical therapists. Other career options for physical therapy assistants include nursing, occupational therapy or physician assistant.
Dental assistants work under the supervision of dentists and dental hygienists prepping equipment, assisting in routine procedures and keeping records. This career path allows for plenty of on-the-job training and lots of opportunities for advancement with further education. Dental assistants are in huge demand today. .
Dental assistants can move up to become dental hygienists or dentists with further training.
Certified Nursing Assistant
Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) work under Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) and Registered Nurses (RNs) helping to perform basic patient care functions such as bathing, dressing and feeding. While certification is not a mandatory requirement, it will definitely boost your employability. CNAs are among the most in-demand jobs today.
Most CNAs aim to advance their careers by studying further to become LPNs or RNs. Other potential careers include physician assistant, physical or occupational therapy aide, or medical assistant.
Medical transcriptionists help other healthcare professionals by transcribing medical reports such as operations, ER visits and chart reviews. They acquire detailed knowledge of medical practices and are an important part of any hospital or clinic.
Medical transcriptionists can use their experience to get into careers as medical assistants, medical secretaries or health information technologists.
Massage therapists get plenty of hands-on experience with a variety of patients. They can often create their own schedule and set their own prices. Many work in private practices or spas and resorts as well as hospitals and clinics. With an increased acceptance of alternative medical practices comes increased job availability for massage therapists.
With experience and further education, massage therapists can aim to become licensed as occupational therapists, physical therapists or alternative health practitioners.
Occupational Therapy Assistant
Occupational therapy assistants help qualified occupational therapists with creating treatment plans, assisting with routine functions and documenting the progress of patients. Occupational therapy assistants get plenty of on-the-job training and hands-on experience.
Occupational therapy assistants can move up to become licensed occupational therapists after the appropriate training. Physical therapy, nursing and mental health counselling are the other career paths available.
Medical billing and coding is the perfect career if you are a highly organised individual with great attention to detail. As a medical coder/biller you will gain knowledge regarding medical records, a fast-evolving entity and be heavily relied upon to keep patient records secure and confidential.
Medical coding and billing professionals can branch out into medical transcription, medical assisting or medical records.
A career as a medical secretary is an excellent option if you are interested in medicine but are not interested in the clinical aspect of medicine. As a medical secretary you would be responsible for scheduling appointments, updating medical records and billing patients and insurance companies among many other functions.
Medical secretaries can easily specialise by breaking into medical records, medical transcription or coding/billing, They may also become medical assistants.