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The 3 Most In-Demand Healthcare Support Jobs

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You don’t have to be a board-certified surgeon to make a good living in the healthcare field. In fact, some positions offer a lifetime of satisfying, financially rewarding work for little more than a few months of training.

Read on to learn about three jobs that are in particularly high demand right now, and can offer you a shortcut to a happy career in medicine. Then, visit HealthCareerCenter.com to find out how you can land one of these positions with the country’s leading healthcare organizations.

 

1Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)

Baby boomers are now in their 60s and 70s when all sorts of chronic conditions begin taking their toll. That’s a huge boom for OTAs, who can help promote wellness and longer living by guiding exercise, educating patients on adaptive equipment, and offering instruction on therapeutic activities.

In addition to the aging boomer generation, a few other factors are helping drive the demand for OTAs. First, more people than ever are surviving life-threatening conditions like heart attacks and strokes, and require around-the-clock care afterward. And second, the fact that too few occupational therapists are available to pick up the slack — which means hospitals need to hire more assistants.

To become an OTA yourself, you need a two-year associates degree in occupational therapy assisting. You’ll also need to obtain an assistant’s license, which is a requirement in all 50 U.S. states.

 

2. Home Health Aide

Do you enjoy the idea of caring for others, but feel like the hustle and bustle of a hospital is a little too stressful? Becoming a home health aide may be your calling. These caregivers take care of patients in their own homes, where they provide important services like putting on clothing, grooming, eating, and more.

As is the case with OTAs, baby boomers are the primary driver behind skyrocketing demand for home health aides. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 38 percent rise in jobs by 2024, which means the need for home health aides is outpacing even other fast-growing healthcare jobs.

And the best part? Training takes just six months, and sometimes even less. Plus, many programs are conveniently available at local community colleges or trade schools.

 

3Medical Assistant

Becoming a medical assistant offers another career path with countless possibilities. In this position, there is almost no limit to the amount of settings where you can work: urgent care clinics, private family practices, hospitals… the list goes on.

Having a broad skillset will be in your favor, as medical assistants are often charged with a diverse variety of tasks. These can include everything from scheduling appointments and checking patients’ insurance, to answering phones and overseeing billing processes.

Though many states don’t demand specific training to become a medical assistant, most hospitals require that you have at least passed an officially recognized training program. These can take anywhere from one to two years, but the upside is worth it: the BLS forecasts a 23 percent increase in medical assistant jobs over the next seven years.

 

 

The information in this article originally appeared on HospitalRecruiting.com. To read the original article, click here.