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5 Interesting Entry-Level Healthcare Careers You Might Like

Employment opportunities in the healthcare industry are growing fast. This is a great time for people with compassion, interpersonal skills, and an interest in the medical field, to break into the industry. If you’ve always dreamed of a career helping others, here are five interesting entry-level healthcare careers you might like.


1) Healthcare Administrator

An administrator oversees much of the clerical work in a healthcare office. This means you’ll work with clients, patients, insurance providers, healthcare specialists, and their data to ensure the medical professionals are kept up-to-date on patient information. You’ll also need to be tech-savvy to properly use record management and processing systems. A bachelor’s degree is usually a requirement for this position.


2) Nurse -RN

Nurses will assess patient needs before a doctor begins treatment. Your biggest job as a nurse is to support the doctor. That means you will maintain the patient’s charts and records, put the doctor’s orders into action, and monitor the patient’s condition. You can become a nurse with an Associate degree but prepare yourself for a number of examinations, certifications, and/or licensure before you can practice in your state. It’s all worth it, though; some states, like Alaska, have a shortage of nurses.1 Your skills will be much appreciated, and your job prospects will be good.


3) Medical Assistant

Medical Assistants complete administrative and clinical tasks in the offices of physicians and other healthcare facilities. You’ll become familiar with patient histories, vital sign measurement, and examination assistance. Consider where you want to land a job as a medical assistant: In order to practice as one in Washington State, students must be certified or registered by the Washington Department of Health, Medical Assisting Credentialing.


4) Dental Assistant

Similar to nurses, your primary job as a dental assistant is to support the dentist. This means you tend to the patient, organize and sterilize instruments, and take x-rays. You’ll need to have a basic knowledge of lab equipment and procedures, infection control, and oral treatments. Don’t confuse dental assistants with hygienists. Hygienists tend to perform more clinical tasks. You can step into this entry-level position with a dental assistant certificate.


5) Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy techs do a little bit of everything. You will work with drug distribution systems, assist the pharmacist with calculations, prepare dosages, and engage with customers. It’s very important to have a firm grasp of ethics, as certain prescriptions can be dangerous when distributed incorrectly. Because of this, you will need to meet the needs of your individual state to work in a pharmacy.  In Washington, for example, you need to pass a national certification board exam.


If you’re ready to begin your career in healthcare, kick things off at Charter College. Charter College offers Bachelor’s and Associate degrees, as well as certificates. Many programs offer coursework that can be completed online, in the classroom, or in a blended learning format. And Charter College offers hands-on experience through externships for many of our programs. Contact Charter College today to learn more.


1 https://nurse.org/articles/nursing-demand-by-state/