4 Jobs You Can Do in the Medical Field Without a 4-Year Degree

October 2, 2017

4 Jobs You Can Do in the Medical Field Without a 4-Year Degree

The medical field is much larger than just the doctors and nurses. Not every job in the medical field requires some sort of graduate degree, or even a bachelor’s degree. Some require licensure, certification, and/or career training in the form of associate degree or diploma programs. Here are four jobs you can do in the medical field with two years of post-secondary schooling or less (but a high school diploma is usually still required).

1. Medical Administrative Assistant

Medical administrative assistants are responsible for running the administrative aspects of a doctor’s office or a hospital. They are often in charge of scheduling and checking in patients, receiving payments, and contacting insurance companies on behalf of the office or hospital.

As with most careers, positions with higher pay tend to go to candidates with more training; many medical administrative assistants have an associate degree, and may have attended career training school.

2. Home Health Aide

A home health aide helps patients who are homebound with day-to-day tasks like bathing, dressing, eating, and more. Many patients who require the services of a home health aide are usually chronically ill, elderly, disabled, or cognitively impaired.

Home health aides may provide care to several patients a day, traveling to each of their homes, or they may live with a single patient to provide full-time care.

3. Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy technicians usually require a high school diploma and career training, along with certification from the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board or the National Healthcareer Association. Pharmacy technicians are responsible for dispensing medications to patients and providing customer service. Pharmacy technicians may also do clerical work and package and label prescriptions.

4. Medical Biller and Coder

As the healthcare field has switched to using electronic healthcare records, or EHRs, medical biller and coders have become more in-demand. People in these positions are responsible for translating patient information into medical codes so that providers can be reimbursed for their services. Professionals in this field usually complete a 2-year associate degree training program, or else a shorter diploma program focused on ICD-10 coding, healthcare terminology, and more.

As you can see, there’s more opportunity than you might think in the medical field, even if you aren’t interested in years of additional schooling. Through these allied healthcare jobs and more, you could make a difference in patients’ lives and begin a new career.


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