10 Entry-Level Healthcare Jobs You Should Know About
Last updated December 5, 2023
If you're interested in working in the healthcare industry, here are 10 entry-level jobs you should know about!
Medical assistants provide administrative and clinical assistance in hospitals, doctor’s offices, and other healthcare facilities. Their tasks can vary from answering phones and scheduling appointments to assisting doctors during patient exams and administering vaccinations. While most medical assistants have a postsecondary certification, it's possible to work in this position with a high school diploma. The average pay for medical assistants was about $18.40 per hour in 2022.
Pharmacy technicians help pharmacists receive, fill, and sell prescriptions to customers and answer any general questions about medication. Most states regulate pharmacy technicians, meaning formal education or training for this role is required. In 2022, pharmacy technicians earned around $18.17 per hour.
Certified Nursing Assistant
Nursing assistants provide essential care to patients in hospitals, assisted living facilities, and nursing homes. In most cases, nursing assistants must participate in a state-approved education program to become licensed or certified. In 2022, nursing assistants earned $17.18 per hour.
Phlebotomists work skillfully to ensure that patients are comfortable and safe while they draw blood for donations, research, and transfusions. Employers looking to hire phlebotomists typically look for those who have a postsecondary certification in phlebotomy. Phlebotomists earned around $18.53 per hour in 2022.
Whether they’re performing ultrasounds, CAT scans, or X-rays, imaging technicians provide essential help to doctors working to diagnose and treat patients. Most imaging technicians need an associate degree as well as a state license or certification to work. In 2022, imaging technicians earned an average of $32.30 per hour.
Home Health Aide
Home health aides provide care largely for the elderly or those with disabilities. While some home health aides have a high school diploma or equivalent, many positions do not require one. However, those working in hospice care or certified home health may need to complete formal training. The average pay for home health aides in 2022 was $14.51 per hour.
Medical Records and Health Information Technician
Medical records and health information technicians work on the administrative side of healthcare, processing and organizing medical documents, insurance records, and patient payment information in hospitals and care facilities. Certification to work in this role is often required, as well as an associate degree. In 2022, medical records and health information technicians earned an average of $22.69 per hour.
Preparing operating rooms, surgical equipment, and surgical supplies are essential functions of surgical technologists. Surgical technologists also provide support to surgeons during operations. Surgical technologists typically need a postsecondary non-degree award or an associate degree to work. The average hourly wage for surgical technologists in 2022 was $27.09.
Dental assistants set up equipment, take X-rays, assist in dental procedures, file patient records, and assist patients with billing and payment. Some states require dental assistants to graduate from an accredited program or pass an exam, while others may only require on-the-job learning and training. In 2022, dental assistants earned around $21.55 hourly.
Physical Therapist Assistant
Physical therapist assistants work with physical therapists to help patients regain movement and manage pain after injuries or illnesses through specialized activities and exercises. Physical therapist assistants also do administrative work, such as scheduling appointments and completing patient insurance forms. Entering this occupation usually requires an associate degree and a state license or certification. The average earnings for physical therapist assistants was around $27.52 per hour in 2022.
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