Medical Careers – What You Might Not Know

With the average American living longer and longer, the demand for employees in medical careers only continues to rise. So whether you are looking for a career change or just graduating from high school, a job in the medical field might be exactly what you are looking for!

There are so many different careers in the medical field that it may seem overwhelming at times when trying to research the one that is best for you. What you have to keep in mind is what it is exactly that you would like to do, what sort of environment you would like to work in and how flexible you need your schedule to be. Some of the top medical careers to get into today are medical assisting, medical billing and coding, radiation therapy and registered nursing.

As a medical billing and coder, you will submit claims to health insurance companies, as well as the US Government, in order to receive payment for healthcare services and/or supplies that were given to a patient. Essentially, you will verify all the information in the claim, bill the insurance company and then follow up with the status of the claim to ensure that payment is received. Medical billing and coding is offered both online and at various campus locations making receiving a degree in this field both flexible and within reach if you truly want to do it.

In order to be a Radiation Therapist, a Bachelor’s, Associate’s or Certificate degree is required. Radiation therapy is used to help treat those with cancer. As a radiation therapist, you will be part of a medical radiation oncology team and you will work in hospitals or in cancer treatment centers. Generally, most of your time is spent on your feet and you will need to be able to do some heavier lifting as helping patients get on and off treatment tables is a must at times. Unlike other healthcare occupations though, you will generally only work 40 hours a week and more often than not, those hours are during the day.

A majority of workers in the Healthcare field are Registered Nurses. Being a registered nurse is both challenging and rewarding. At times you will be working evenings, weekends and/or be on-call. As an RN though, you will hold seniority over licensed practical nurses and nursing assistants. Nursing careers do pay well and you also get the satisfaction of knowing that you are truly helping people every day of your life. Patient care is your top priority so being able to work and communicate with all sorts of people is key. The most popular schooling program is the Associate’s degree in Nursing, though a Bachelor’s or Diploma are also available.

No matter which way you choose to go, just make sure you do your research and know what you are getting into. Medical careers are very rewarding and a need for professionals in them will only continue to rise, making you a very valuable asset to the community.

Sierra Martinez is a Marine Corps wife, mother of one and a writer. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelors in Journalism and Mass Communications and a focus in Public Relations.