Want to Start A Career In Healthcare? Read These Tips

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If you’re thinking about beginning a career in healthcare, then this article is for you. Healthcare is one of the most important industries in the world and there are many different types of careers available to help people stay healthy. However, before starting your new job, it’s important that you do some research so that you know what classes to take, certifications or licenses to get, and other things like how much money can be made with certain jobs. This article will cover all these topics so that when the time comes for you to start your career in healthcare, it’ll go off without a hitch!

Picking Your Healthcare Career

The first topic of this article is where you should begin your career in healthcare. Broadly speaking, there are two pathways in healthcare, a “physical” path, and a “mental” path. But besides that, there are many different options in healthcare, so it’s important that you know what each one entails before taking any classes or training.

There are many jobs available to choose from which include: dental hygienist, medical assistant, licensed practical nurse (LPN), registered nurse (RN), physician assistant, and radiographer. Each job varies in the level of education needed as well as the salary earned. Each different field has its own educational requirements as well as salary range which might make one option preferable over another depending on your needs.

For example, if money is tight then you might want to look into something with a lower salary such as a home health aide or medical assistant. On the other hand, you might be interested in research. Research is more of a competitive field and it can take several years to complete your PhD and get your first job but the payoff is worth it, you’ll make more money and still enjoy what you do!

Dental Hygienist

If you’re thinking about becoming a dental hygienist, then you need to know that it requires a two-year degree from an accredited college or university. You also need to be licensed by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB), which requires you to pass both a written and clinical exam. When working as a dental hygienist, you’ll generally work in private offices, health clinics, or hospitals under the supervision of an RDH or dentist. This career is well paid averaging at about $65,000 per year.

Medical Assistant

If you’re thinking of becoming a medical assistant, then you’ll need to have some training as well as on-the-job training that usually lasts for about one year. A high school diploma or GED is usually needed for this career path and there are different types of jobs available such as those in physicians’ offices, hospitals, clinics, and private practices. You might also be able to work as a department assistant for large companies such as health insurance and pharmaceutical companies.

As a medical assistant, you’ll need to be proficient in basic computer skills and also have good communication skills. You might also need to be certified by the American Association of Medical Assistants ( or the equivalent of it in your country) where you must pass both a written and practical exam. Some states require that medical assistants obtain licensure as well.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

If you’re thinking about becoming an LPN, then you’ll need at least one to two years of training or an associate degree from a community college or technical school. These programs usually take about one year to complete and upon completion, you’ll need to be licensed by the state to work. You can find jobs in nursing homes, hospitals, or clinics under a registered nurse or doctor’s supervision. Many nurses prefer LPNs since they are cheaper to hire. There is also an option of becoming a licensed vocational nurse where you’ll still need to take about one year of training but it won’t be as extensive.

Registered Nurse (RN)

If you want to become an RN, then you’ll need at least a two-year degree from an accredited college or university. It’s the job of the RN to look after patients by administering medications, checking vital signs, and helping doctors with different examinations. You can work both in hospitals as well as private practices under a supervising physician or nurse practitioner. RNs are meant to be experts in the field so you’ll need strong communication skills. As an RN, you can expect average pay of $75,000 per year.

Physician Assistant

If you’re thinking about becoming a physician assistant then you’ll need at least a two-year degree, but you can sometimes get hired before finishing your education. One way to do this is by completing an undergraduate degree and then taking courses during your first two years of employment. You’ll also need to pass both the PANCE and PANRE exams as well as be licensed by the state you work in. Like registered nurses, physician assistants can work in both hospitals as well as private practices under a supervising physician or nurse practitioner.


If you’re thinking about becoming a radiographer, then you’ll need at least an associate degree and it will take about one to two years to complete this program. Like other careers in healthcare, upon completion, you’ll need to be licensed by the state in which you work. The average salary for radiographers is $57,990 and they might work in doctors’ offices, hospitals, clinics, or private practices.

Certifications & Licenses

If you’re thinking about one of these careers then it’s crucial to research any certifications or licenses that might be needed. This is because some careers not only require a degree or certification but an RN license as well. There are many other certifications that you should research such as those for the NCCT and ATLS as well as CPR training. So if you’re thinking about starting a career in healthcare, then make sure to do your research beforehand.

In this article, you learned about the various careers available in healthcare. From dental hygienist to radiographer, there are many paths that you can take when it comes to a career in healthcare. You need an education and certification for some of these jobs but not all of them require a degree, so make sure that you research your options before choosing a specific course of action. We hope this resource was helpful and we wish you the best on your journey towards achieving your dreams!

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Written by Adam Mitchell

But a mere mortal traversing through this journey spewing poetic verve. Part tech enthusiast. Part economist. Part scribe.

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