Choosing the Right Career after High School

There are many young Americans today just graduating from High School that are looking to go right into the job market, and start their new career within a year or less within graduating.

Let’s face it,  with today’s uncertain economy, the unemployment rate remaining high, college tuition steadily increasing, college loan interest payments higher than ever, and immediate employment for college graduates not what it used to be, both parents and young adults are seriously considering skipping the four year college for now. Parents are  encouraging their kids to consider attending a post-secondary, or vocational training program to earn a career diploma from a private or public school.  The good news is that there are many opportunities available for bright young adults who are willing to learn and apply themselves. A few opportunities available are:

  • Firefighter
  • Automotive Service Technician
  • Accounting Clerk
  • Carpenter
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Electrician
  • Police and Law Enforcement
  • Web Design and Desktop Publishing
  • Fitness Trainer and more.

All of these are great careers, however the career field that offers the most opportunity for employment and for advancement is of the healthcare industry.

In particularly the career with the most promise is that of Medical Assisting. A medical assistant performs administrative and clinical tasks in doctor’s offices, ambulatory clinics connected to regional hospitals, emergency and walk-in clinics, and sometimes pharmacies. Some medical assistants can be trained right on the job, but most are opting to complete a one or two year formal training program.  Depending on the state you live in, a medical assistant can earn as much as $30,136 a year, or even more.

Another great aspect of becoming a medical assistant is that it offers opportunity for advancement into other healthcare fields like:

    

Medical Laboratory Technicians or Medical Technologists;performs laboratory work to identify, diagnose, and treat diseases. They use laboratory equipment, computers to perform laboratory procedures. They may collect blood and prepare culture specimens and can earn as much as $40,000.

Medical Library Technicians; collects and organize medical information and help practitioners find the information they need for patient care, education, research, and administration.  Most of the information is now stored in electronic databases and information systems. They can earn from $25,000 to $35, 000 per year or up to $55,000 for Librarians.

Medical Records Specialist; obtains, post, and analyze medical, workload, finance, and insurance data.  They ensure that this information is properly recorded into medical records so practitioners can plan and evaluate health care provided to patients. They can earn $25,000 to $33,000 (Medical Records Administrator can earn as much as $40,000). 

The list of job opportunities for a medical assistant to advance in other fields goes on and on, such as Ultra-Sound Technician, Nuclear Medicine Tech, Patient Representative, Radiation Therapy Technologist, or Medical Appliance Technician, who helps patients learn to use medical devices prescribed by podiatrists or prosthetists, etc to name just a few. We could go on to list at least another 30 different job opportunities in related fields, but the main point we are driving home here is that becoming a medical assistant, especially in a large group practice, or HMO can actually put a young person in the right place at the right time for advancement; where opportunity is always knocking.


Learn more at Medical Assistant NET on the Web.

About Danni R.

What I do: Develop websites, write articles and publish informational content dedicated to past, present and future medical assistants, medical billers and coders, and other members of the allied healthcare professions.
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