10 fast growing healthcare jobs that don't need a degree

 As the population moves towards their old age and with the rise in chronic conditions, the need for healthcare services has risen up and will continue to grow in the future. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics US, the healthcare industry will add 2.3 million new jobs in the next decade, contributing the highest job growth than any other occupational group.

Securing a job in this sector is a wise idea, considering the future potential that the healthcare sector has to offer. Nevertheless, you may have a second thought about whether to step into this industry. You might be thinking that you will need to invest a lot of your time, money and energy to gain a professional degree to enter this field. However, there are specific jobs in the healthcare industry that only require a high school diploma with a training course.

Here are the top jobs, in order of their future job growth rate, which do not require a professional degree:

1. Home Health Aide and Personal Care Aide
(Job outlook 2016 to 2026: 40%)

Home health aide and personal care aide are the trained caretakers of the healthcare industry. They assist people, who are unable to take care of themselves, with their activities of daily living (ADL).

The job is estimated to have a whopping 40% increase in job number within a decade. That's about 1 million jobs added within the next 10 years. With such odds, a person trained in home health care will most likely never be out of a job.

2. Medical Assistant
(Job outlook 2016 to 2026: 29%)

Skilled in both management and medical care, medical assistants can run an office efficiently as well as perform clinical tasks. Their job entails assisting doctors with minor surgeries, performing basic laboratory test, scheduling patient's appointment, managing medical records and billing. With such varied tasks at hand, learning on the job is abundant.

3. Massage Therapist
(Job outlook 2016 to 2026: 24%)

Massage therapist provides relaxation treatment through specialized massage that can relief stress and pain. Nowadays, massage therapy is becoming reputable as it has been proved to aid in the rehabilitation of injuries, relieving stress and clinical depression. With 24% job growth rate within the next 10 years and the highest paid job on this list, the present and future job prospects for massage therapists are quite high.

4. Phlebotomist
(Job outlook 2016 to 2026: 24%)

"Could I have some of your blood, please?" is something that you usually hear from your Phlebotomist. They are not the vampires of the healthcare industry but their job entails drawing patient's blood for medical testing, donation or transfusion.

Anyone with a Postsecondary non-degree award can get into the field of Phlebotomist. However, a license is required in some states.

5. Veterinary Assistant and Laboratory Animal Caretaker
(Job outlook 2016 to 2026: 19%)

If you love working with animals, this is the job for you. Veterinary assistant and laboratory animal caretakers are mainly responsible for routine tasks such as feeding, bathing, immunizing animals as well as other tasks such post-operative care and administration of medication for the animals. As a veterinary assistant, you will be spending a better part of your day taking care of animals.

6. Dental Assistant
(Job outlook 2016 to 2026: 19%)

They are the medical assistants for your teeth. Dental assistants, similar to medical assistants, are involved in office management as well as assisting dentist during dental procedures.
Specifically, they are engaged in taking the impression of patient's teeth, X-rays and lab tasks, scheduling appointments, maintaining records so as to ensure your perfect smile.

7. Optician
(Job outlook 2016 to 2026: 15%)

Opticians are the eye experts of the healthcare field aiding patients to achieve a 20/20 vision.
Their tasks include designing and fitting spectacles, contact lenses and other specialized optical vision aids. In some countries, they may also examine patients for eye diseases and issue prescriptions. You just need a high school diploma and few months of training to work as an optician.

8. EMT and Paramedic
(Job outlook 2016 to 2026: 15%)

With their quick reaction and competent medical care, EMTs and paramedics can save a person's life during an emergency. They provide emergency medical treatment before transporting the patient to the hospital for further treatment.

To be an EMT or a Paramedic, you need to have a high school diploma, relevant training and you must be licensed. Saving lives is in itself a satisfaction. But, an added bonus about this job is that it has high future growth potential.

9. Medical Records and Health Information Technician
(Job outlook 2016 to 2026: 13%)
In 2016, medical records and health information technician earned a median income of $38,040, which is the second highest salary on this list. A postsecondary certificate will suffice to enter this job and start earning your money.

So what does this job entails? It involves maintaining a database of patients' health information and medical histories in an accurate, organized and secure manner.

10. Pharmacy Technicians
(Job outlook 2016 to 2026: 12%)

Pharmacy technicians are the one who hands out your medication. You will usually find them at the drugstore, hospitals or other medical facilities, assisting pharmacists. In 2016, pharmacy technicians earned a median salary of $30,920. And, with a 12% job growth rate, the future potential for those in this field seem positive.

So, what are you waiting for? Become a part of this booming industry by engaging in any one of these jobs. A high school diploma with a couple of months of training and you are ready to make your mark in the healthcare industry.

Reference: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/