4 Categories in Healthcare Careers 1. Therapeutic: Hands-on involvement in patient care related to the treatment of and healing process in an illness or disease. Ex: Nurses, Doctors, Physical therapists 2. Diagnostic: Help to “diagnose” patients’ illness or disease. Ex: Radiology Technician, Phlebotomist
4 Categories (con’t.) 3. Information Services: Maintains patient’s healthcare information or education. Ex: Health Educator, Admitting Clerk, Medical Records Technician 4. Environmental Services: Maintains the patient’s environment. Ex: Dietician, Housekeeping Staff, Sterile Supply staff
Many Different Work Environments Hospitals Funeral Homes Community Care Clinics/Health Departments Law Enforcement Facilities Schools Private & Public Industry Doctor’s Offices Nursing Homes/Rehabilitation Facilities
Certified or Registered? Or Licensed? Certification: person meets educational and performance standards set by an agency governing that career. A certificate is issued by agency deeming that person is “certified” to work in that field Ex: Certified Medical Technician (CMT) Registered: Person has fulfilled educational requirements and has passed a state board exam and is then “registered” (or added to the list) by that state to work in a career. Ex: Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT), Registered Nurses (RN)
Certified or Registered…(con’t.) Licensed: A person is licensed when they have met educational requirements, have passed state board exam, and is registered by the state. They also maintain certain standards set by a governing agency and issues a renewable “license” to practice in their field. Ex: Medical Doctor (MD), Registered Nurse (RN), Dentist (DMD), Physical Therapist (PT)
Education…How Much? Educational requirements vary depending on what the career. Health Occupation Education: Programs usually last anywhere from 6 weeks to several months depending on institution offering program. Associates Degree: 2 year college degree. Bachelors Degree: 4 year college degree.
Education… (con’t) Masters Degree: Bachelors Degree plus 1 to 2 more years of study based on field and program requirements. Doctorate Degree: Bachelors Degree + Masters Degree + at least 2 more years of study.
Show Me the Money $$$$ Average yearly salary: Physician (MD) $105,000-$265,000 Registered Nurse (RN) $25,600- $94,800 Dentist (DMD) $65,000-$190,000 Dental Assistant $14,700-$27,800 Sanitation/Housekeeper $11,200-$21,800 Certified Nursing Assistant $11,200-$26,400
Is there a Healthcare Career for YOU??? As we have seen, there are many different types of Healthcare Careers to choose from. Each have different education, performance and state regulatory board requirements. There is a growing need for more Healthcare Workers in the medical field today. Based on education and skill experience, the average healthcare worker’s yearly salary is above average with room for growth. Doesn’t it look like a good time to work toward an exciting career in Healthcare?