Looking For Employment in the Health-Care Field?
There used to be an old saying that if you wanted a guaranteed job for life, work for the government. Well, that isn’t true anymore, as government services are no safer than private sector jobs. But one field that isn’t going anywhere? Health Cafe. We’ll always need hospitals, and with an aging population is only looks to increase.
Even if you can’t afford medical school, you can get a medical job with just 12 weeks of college. How? By becoming a Phlebotomist.
What is a Phlebotomist? These are the people that will usually take your blood when you’re in the hospital, or at a blood bank. You assumed everyone wearing blue scrubs was a nurse? Nope. There are also medical assistants, certified nursing assistants, and radiology technicians.
The average salary for a Phlebtomist is approximately $31,000, but that number can be misleading. The actual average salary varies widely based on the cost of living in a particular area. If you live in San Francisco, for example, your salary will be significantly higher than if you live in a rural area in the midwest.
While these salaries are not exactly what Doctors and Surgeons tend to make, there are two major benefits to joining the health care field in one of the above occupations.
- The average Phlebotomy training program – 12 weeks. – That’s right: no 7 years of school, no medical school, no stressful exams. You can take one of these courses and be an employed full-time worker in just a couple of months. The cost of these programs is also around $800-$3,000, which is a student debt you can easily pay off (and get financing for).
- Flexibility – You’re not confined to working in a hospital, if that’s not what you want to do. There are lots of places that hire full-time Phlebotomists: blood donor clinics, laboratories, health clinics, blood drives and many more businesses that are looking for qualified Phlebtomists.
You can also take your qualifications and move to another part of the country! While some states like California and Florida have specific training requirements (which you can easily apply for and get), for the most part you are free to travel to a new state and start applying for available positions in your area.