The healthcare jobs no one is talking about
Even if you faint at the sight of blood or have no aptitude for science, don’t rule out a career in the growing health care field.
That’s the message from a recent 12-page report found at CollegeForAmerica.org.
“Nonclinical health care workers are those who do not provide direct patient care and often operate out of the view of patients, such as office, technology and administrative positions. Frontline health care workers are those who work in the community connecting patients to care,” reads the report.
The Affordable Care Act is one major impetus behind the growth of these positions, since the law aims to achieve more coordination of the care a patient receives as well as greater cost savings in the delivery of services, notes Julian Alssid, one of the report authors.
Both of these goals will entail work with computerized health records and efforts to ensure that patients are getting the right care in the hospital, at home and from the various physicians and clinicians they need.
Two of the six positions outlined in the report – “medical office specialist” and “medical assistant” – are projected by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to be amongst the top five growth jobs through 2020.
The report details the specific activities involved in the six jobs, and needles, syringes, lab coats or any of the tools of the trade commonly evoked by the term “health care” are involved in most of these jobs.
For instance, the listed duties of a medical office specialist include: Prepare technical, managerial, financial or informational reports; operate computers to enter, calculate, access and retrieve data; schedule meetings or appointments and communicate health and safety information.
Founded in 2012 by Southern New Hampshire University, the College for America focuses on programs offering degrees in demand by employers.
For each of the positions, the report includes information on what training is required.
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