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As opposed to many industries, the field of healthcare continues to grow and add jobs. By adding over 4 million jobs in the last 10 years, the field has proved to be recession resistant. That's just one of the reasons why job seekers continue to look for employment in the healthcare sector. A variety of careers for a variety of educational backgrounds await.

Diagnostic Sonographer

Aside from being used frequently during pregnancy, sonograms are used create images of tissue and organs for purposes of diagnosing and treating medical conditions. Although the job requires technical training, certification generally comes in one year. The sonographer works directly with patients.

Massage Therapist

Requirements for becoming a massage therapist vary from state to state, but a college education isn't a prerequisite. Training and certification can range from 500 to 1,000 hours. There are many massage therapy modalities.

Occupational Therapist

These therapists work with people in their endeavors to return to being independent and self sufficient, and improve their overall well-being. After thoroughly assessing a person, the therapist creates and implements a plan to assist the individual do the things that we take for granted every day. The profession requires a minimum of a masters degree.

Nursing

Nurses with both associate's and bachelor's degrees are in high demand across the nation. A master's degree in nursing offers personal and professional growth and upward mobility. If work and family interfere with further plans of higher education, you might want to consider an online degree. Earning a RN to MSN online is a great option for students with work or family responsibilities.

Respiratory Therapist

These therapists perform assessments and treat patients with heart and lung disorders. They'll perform diagnostic procedures like assessing lung capacity, or perform treatments like chest physiotherapy. Every hospital employs respiratory therapists.

Emergency Medical Technician

These specialists respond to sick or injured people in emergency situations that ordinarily occur outside of an emergency room. Some even hold part-time jobs in emergency rooms when they're not on duty. A person's life can hinge on their competency and ability to respond quickly, either before or during transport to a hospital emergency room. A college degree isn't required. Training lasts from six months to two years, depending on the level of certification you seek.

Whatever your interest might be, healthcare jobs are available, even for those without degrees. Whatever job you begin with, it's a great start to personal and professional development for a lifetime.




By Anita Ginsburg
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