Americans who have found themselves out of work want to find jobs with promise and stability. One area that has been consistently burgeoning year after year is healthcare. With all the aging baby boomers, it’s likely to grow even more. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that healthcare jobs will employ another 3.2 million people between 2008 and 2018, which is a 22.5 percent increase.
Entry-level healthcare jobs include roles like dietary aide, admissions representatives, medical records assistants, patient technicians, unit clerks, receptionists, administrative assistants, housekeepers and monitor technicians. Getting into these positions can be a great way to springboard to a higher paying career, while gaining valuable work experience and continuing one’s education.
For example, if you have a background in culinary arts or restaurants, you can find entry-level healthcare jobs in a dietary aide position making $20,000 a year, and get promoted to a dietary clerk, where you’ll be preparing menus for patients.
Another option might be to take your degree in health education and get your foot in the door working as an admissions representative. Before you know it, you could be working in the health education department, educating patients on disease management practices.
Other people may pursue nursing healthcare jobs once they’ve gotten a taste for administrative assistant positions. For instance, a medical assistant may work at the reception desk and help nurses by taking vital signs and specimen samples. They can move into certified phlebotomy and blood collection, and continue their training for a nursing position.