The Best Entry-Level Healthcare Jobs
Georgia Price / AllHealthcare
Everyone has to start somewhere, but it can be confusing to know which positions are best when it comes to breaking into a new occupation. If you are in school, you’ll want a job that can help you pay your rent and gain experience, and if you’re done with school, you’ll want a career that will let you move up in the healthcare world. While there is a plethora of healthcare jobs to be found, many require a least a year or two of experience. But don’t worry – we’ve done the searching for you and have put together a list of the best entry-level jobs in healthcare. No matter where you want to go with your health career, these jobs can get you there.
Certified Nursing Assistant
Why It’s Great:
Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) work under Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) and Registered Nurses (RNs) helping to perform basic patient care functions such as feeding, bathing, and dressing. While certification isn’t always required, it is definitely a plus is the eyes of a potential employer. CNAs are one of the most in-demand jobs in the US. There is a projected need for almost 400,000 CNAs by 2016.
Where You Can Go:
Most CNAs aim to advance their careers by becoming LPNs or RNs. Other potential careers include medical assistant, physical or occupational therapy aide, or physician assistant.
What You Will Make:
$8 – $15/hr