Careers in the Health Care Industry

A career in the health care field can be very rewarding. Additionally, people will always be in need of health services so there will most likely be a constant need for qualified health personnel. Below are some of the hottest careers in health:
 
1.) Registered Nurse - A registered nurse is someone who is responsible for caring for sick and injured patients. The minimum degree required to practice as a registered nurse is an associates degree, which can be completed within two to three years. This job is expected to grow by 20 percent from now until 2018.* The average salary for a registered nurse is around 67,000 dollars per year.*

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2.) Medical coding and billing specialist - A medical coding and billing specialist is someone who is responsible for putting the correct codes on patient’s bills. A person is required to earn a certification or associates degree from an accredited program and pass a written exam before getting certified. This career is expected to grow by 20 percent from now until 2018.* The average salary is around 35,000 per year.*

3.) Health care administrator – A health care administrator is someone who is responsible for directing and coordinating the operations in a health care facility. A bachelor’s degree in health care administration or public health is required before a person is allowed to practice as a health care administrator. The average salary is around 93,000 per year.*

4.) Medical Assistant – A medical assistant is a health care professional who is responsible for scheduling appointments, answering phones and performing many other clerical duties in an office. They may also take vital signs and assist in exams. The training needed to become a medical assistant can be completed within a year at a community or technical college. The average salary is around 35,000 per year.*

*All growth projections are for the period between 2008 and 2018 and come from the U.S. Department of Labor using May 2010 data. All career, education, and average salary information comes from the U.S. Department of Labor using May 2010 data. All time to completion information is dependent on a variety of factors including part- or full-time status, school, and program.

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