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Healthcare Stepping-Stone Jobs

Megan Malugani, Monster Contributing Writer

You don’t need a four-year college degree to qualify for some of the fastest-growing jobs in healthcare. Many occupations on healthcare employers’ most-wanted lists require two or fewer years of education and can serve as springboards to higher positions.

“There are a number of allied health professions that have career ladders attached to them,” says Debra Stock, the American Hospital Association’s vice president of member relations. Radiologic technicians, clinical lab technicians, physical therapy assistants, pharmacy technicians and nursing assistants are all in high demand and can lead to elevated positions if a worker attains additional education or certification.

For example, radiologic technicians, who help prepare patients for X-rays and other diagnostic tests, can advance to become radiologic technologists and then further specialize in mammography or magnetic resonance imaging, Stock says. Clinical lab technicians, who perform laboratory procedures, can follow a similar progression, moving first to a technologist role and then specializing in an area like pathology. Each step up the healthcare ladder would generate more responsibility and fatter paychecks, Stock says.

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