If you or a family member are about to finish high school, or are just ready for a career change, there are several in-demand medical careers you should consider. Careers in health care allow you to make a difference, work in a variety of settings, and earn a comfortable living with good job security. Here are a few rewarding career paths where you can get started in as little as two years with lots of hands on training along the way.
Registered Nurses care for patients, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members. Registered Nurses can work in a variety of settings and pursue many different specialties to advance their careers. To become a Registered Nurse, you’ll need at least an Associate’s degree and a passing score on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). The 2017 median pay for Registered Nurses was $70,000 per year and jobs in this field are projected to grow 15% by 2026.
Medical Laboratory Technician
Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLTs) collect and analyze samples of body fluids, tissue, and other substances. Most work in hospitals, but can also work in independent labs and doctors’ offices. They must work quickly and accurately to perform a variety of tests that influence the type of treatment a patient receives. MLTs typically need an Associate’s degree for employment and many states also require licensing from the American Society for Clinical Pathology. The 2017 median pay for MLTs was $51,770 per year and jobs in this field are projected to grow 13% by 2026.
Radiologic Technologists perform imaging examinations, like x-rays, that help doctors and other health care providers diagnose illnesses and injuries in patients. More than half work in hospitals and see a wide variety of patients each day. You’ll need to earn an Associate’s degree from an accredited program and pass the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists’ exam to obtain your license, which most states, including Iowa, require. The 2017 median pay for Radiologic Technologists was $60,070 per year and jobs in this field are projected to grow 13% by 2026.
Several organizations including Madison County Health Trust, Inc. and the Iowa Hospital Association provide scholarships for local residents pursuing careers in health care. If you’re choosing a career path, we hope you’ll consider joining us in the health care field. Maybe someday soon you’ll be working with us!
Information sourced from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Iowa Department of Public Health.