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3 Jobs That Help Start Your Career in Healthcare Without a Degree

3 Jobs That Help Start Your Career in Healthcare Without a Degree

An increasing number of youngsters are also opting to start out on their own, find their area of interest and launch businesses or tech startups.

A career in medicine need not always come as a result of a huge investment in time and money. Also all careers are not as stressful and demanding as that of a physician or a nurse at a health facility.

Do you know that there are a large number of well-paying jobs are available for a person who does not hold a college degree?

An increasing number of youngsters are also opting to start out on their own, find their area of interest and launch businesses or tech startups.

If you are not keen on taking on responsibilities of entrepreneurship, and want to settle in a stable and secure career, then healthcare could be the best option for you.

As per a survey by US News, 38 jobs in the Top 100 in the US are in healthcare, and around two dozen of these 38 jobs do not require a four-year college degree to start with. An associate degree, a post-secondary certificate, state license or on-the-job training are all that are required for some of these jobs.

Here are a few jobs that you can consider soon after completing your high school.

1) Personal/Home Health Care Aide

A personal care aide helps patients with their personal needs, especially when they are no longer capable of carrying them out on their own.

Personal care aides do not require formal medical education and can learn on-the-job under a nurse or an experienced aide. Very often they work through service agencies which in turn are reimbursed by Medicaid or Medicare.

They assist people who are disabled, struck by debilitating illnesses or too old to carry out their day-to-day activities. They prepare meals, bathe and dress patients, take them out on doctor visits and help alleviate monotony in the life of their patients.

Home health care aides, though not compulsory, do opt for short-term training programs from the agencies they are aligned with. They are trained in cooking meals that cater to patients with special nutritional needs, medical emergency response procedures, first aid delivery and basic safety techniques. Home health aides also learn about reading vital signs, personal hygiene and how to handle patients with infectious diseases.

If you see this as a stepping stone to more advanced careers in nursing or as physician assistants, you can opt for formal training offered in community colleges, vocational training centers or health care agencies.

In some states license and/or certification are required to enter this profession. Continued education will help you move ahead in this field. 

You need to be a compassionate, kind and patient person to carry out this role well. If you feel you are up to the challenge you can consider this as a lucrative option.

The average salary of health aides is about $21,000 per year.

2) Dental Assistant

Dental assistants work in dental offices, clinics and in healthcare facilities. 

Dental assistants are essential for a dental office to function smoothly and efficiently. They are responsible for a wide array of activities ranging from assisting the dentist in carrying out dental procedures, sterilizing and readying medical equipment to be used in treatment, taking appointments and scheduling patient visits, and maintaining patient records. 

You do not require extensive medical education to become a dental assistant. 

Some states require dental assistants to complete accredited courses and pass a state exam. In many states, you can become a dental assistant if you have successfully completed high school. You will be imparted on-the-job coaching by dental assistants or dentists in the facility.

You will be taught essential dental terminology, names and uses of medical instruments and their maintenance, basics of dental treatment procedures, and other administrative tasks.

If you opt for formal training, it improves your job prospects and the chances of gaining employment with reputed employers. 

Post-secondary training programs are offered by community colleges that usually are of 1-year duration and result in a certificate or diploma. You can take certification or licensing tests after passing out of accredited programs. Associate programs are also offered, but are the less popular option.

During the time period 2012-2022, it is estimated that 74,400 new jobs will be created which is a huge 25% employment growth. So if you want to bag one of the many jobs that will be up for grabs, do focus your energy on gaining the right credentials.

3) Phlebotomy Technician

A phlebotomist is responsible for drawing blood from patients for the purpose of testing, donation, research or transfusion.

You will be an expert in letting blood from the right vein as painlessly as possible. Locating the right vein is not easy all the time especially when you are dealing with elderly patients and children.

Phlebotomists work in hygienic and sterile draw stations and they are responsible to make sure that their workspace is as safe and clean as possible. Phlebotomists collect not just blood, but other samples like sputum, feces, and urine, and body tissues as well. These collected samples need to be properly labeled and stored, and transported safely to diagnostic labs.

Drawing stations are busy areas of activity, and you will be dealing with dangerous and infectious samples that require careful handling to prevent contamination and infection. You will be required to follow recommended protocol and procedures for collection, storage and transport. 

At times phlebotomists also perform preliminary tests and procedures that are necessary for carrying out further advanced tests on specimens.

You can become a phlebotomist technician as soon as you complete high school and learn on-the-job. But it goes without saying a formal education and certification will improve your job prospects massively.

Post-secondary training programs and certificate courses are of a few months duration, and will teach you the basics of medical terminology, scientific process of bloodletting, collection and storage techniques, and required testing and analytical methods.Quality phlebotomy technician programs include both classroom as well as lab training.

As per latest data, average annual salary of a phlebotomist is $36,000 which increases with experience and continued education.


Several years of education and a massive student debt are not on many people’s wish list. The above mentioned jobs help you earn a decent and comfortable salary and have a rewarding career. You can also opt for further education as you gain experience and move into specialized roles of your choice. So, do your research, shortlist the best allied health schools in your area and zero in on a training program that best suits you.

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