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Top 10 Jobs in Healthcare that Don't Need a Degree

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If you're about to transition or already have, picking the right civilian industry to join is a critical step to take. The career you set yourself up for will affect your livelihood for years to come. There are many ways to choose an industry, but one easy way to think about it is to pick a career that experiences job growth.

 According to sources like Mlive.com, the healthcare industry is experiencing growth. Not only do jobs in this industry tend to pay well, there are also a few that don't require a traditional bachelor's degree. While most do require post-secondary education of some type, they are usually less expensive and take less time to obtain. If that sounds appealing, check out the top 10 healthcare that don't require a degree.

1. Nursing, psychiatric and home health aides: Individuals in this field must have a great deal of patience and empathy. Working as a nursing, psychiatric, or home health aide can be incredibly taxing; the process is more laborious than many think.
Average Salary: $24,400 per year; $11.73 an hour 
Required Education: Finish a state-approved program and pass an exam
Potential Job Growth: 21 percent (faster than average)

2. Registered nurses: Registered nurses enjoy large salaries, but the job is stressful. Although they aren't considered primary physicians, they do make many significant choices about the care a patient receives. Expect to be on your feet for most of the shift and to be dealing with many, many people.
Average Salary: $65,470 per year; $31.48 per hour
Required Education: Associate's degree
Potential Job Growth: 19 percent (faster than average)

3. Personal care aides: This job can be extremely stressful to only mildly so depending on the health and functionality of the individual being cared for. Regardless of how hard the job is, it does require strong interpersonal skills and patience.
Average Salary: $19,910 per year; $9.57 per hour
Required Education: Short-term on-the-job training
Potential Job Growth: 49 percent (much faster than average)

4. Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses: If you're hoping to become a registered nurse in the future, these jobs can be a big stepping stone. You'll work directly under physicians and nurses, and gain invaluable job experience.
Average Salary: $41,450 per year; $19.97 per hour
Required Education: Postsecondary non-degree program, typically takes one year
Potential Job Growth: 25 percent (much faster than average)

5. Medical assistants: While this job requires passion and education in medicine, it does not require as much rigorous training as others in the industry. They tend to pay less than most other professions in the field, but it can provide training an education for a more lucrative career in the future.
Average Salary: $29,370 per year; $14.12 per hour
Required Education: Postsecondary non-degree program, typically takes one year
Potential Job Growth: 29 percent (much faster than average)

6. Dental assistants: Another great entry-level position, dental assistants are exposed to the workings of dentistry which can help their professional growth. This job tends to pay a solid wage for the experience required. Interpersonal skills are required, but don't need to be quite as polished as those in other medicinal fields.
Average Salary: $34,500 per year; $16.59 per hour
Required Education: Postsecondary non-degree program, typically takes one year
Potential Job Growth: 25 percent (much faster than average)

7. Health practitioner support technologists and technicians: These positions provide a wide array of work. No two are exactly the same, but each one requires technical knowledge. These professionals work with others in the health care industry to provide expert knowledge and quality treatment.  Due to the wide array of positions, here is a sample of a few:

  • Pharmacy technicians
    Average Salary: $29,320 per year; $14.10 per hour
    Required Education: On-the-job training
    Potential Job Growth: 20 percent (faster than average)
  • Surgical technologist
    Average Salary: $41,790 per year; $20.09 per hour
    Required Education: Ranges from several months to two years; some have certificates and some associate's degree
    Potential Job Growth: 30 percent (much faster than average)
  • Veterinary technologists and technicians
    Average Salary: $30,290 per year; $14.56 per hour
    Required Education: Associate's degree
    Potential Job Growth: 30 percent (much faster than average)

8. Diagnostic related technologists and technicians: Diagnosticians serve a very important role in the health care industry. They're responsible for gleaning and providing critical data about a patient's health. Generally, this means using a highly specialized piece of equipment. Since there are so many, here are a sample few:

  • Diagnostic medical sonographers, cardiovascular technologists and technicians, including vascular technologists
    Average Salary: $60,350 per year; $29.02 per hour
    Required Education: Associate's degree; some have bachelor's degree 
    Potential Job Growth: 39 percent (much faster than average)
  • Radiologic and MRI technologists
    Average Salary: $55,910 per year; $26.88 per hour
    Required Education: Associate's degree
    Potential Job Growth: 21 percent (faster than average)

9. Clinical laboratory technologists and technicians: Clinical laboratory technicians specialize in collecting body fluids and testing them. If you have the resolve and interest to do this, check it out. These jobs pay a tidy sum and don't require an advanced degree.
Average Salary: $47,820 per year; $22.99 per hour
Required Education: Associate's degree or postsecondary certificate; some have a bachelor's degree
Potential Job Growth: 22 percent (much faster than average)

10. Emergency medical technicians and paramedics: EMTs and paramedics have one of the most dangerous jobs in the country. They're typically first responders to most emergencies, and they must deal with whatever they come across until backup arrives, if it's needed. This job requires resolve, the ability to handle pressure, and quick thinking.
Average Salary: $31,020 per year; $14.91 per hour
Required Education: Postsecondary program; most take less than a year
Potential Job Growth: 23 percent (much faster than average)

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