Healthcare and Medical Career Paths
Whether you’re just starting out and thinking about a career in healthcare, or you’re out of work and looking for a new job in the rapidly growing healthcare sector, you can get there faster and spend less money on your education by taking your required courses at StraighterLine.
The Demand for Trained Healthcare Professionals Has Never Been Greater
Americans are now using emergency rooms, walk-in emergency care centers, test centers, same-day surgical centers, dialysis providers, physical therapists, chiropractors, and many other kinds of healthcare providers more than ever before—and all of those providers need trained professionals to staff their operations. In the same way, new healthcare legislation and the complexity of medical insurance policies have increased the demand for qualified medical billers and coders, and as the population ages, demand for healthcare services will only continue to grow.
Healthcare Careers: Growing Fast and Paying Well
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, healthcare jobs are projected to grow between 14% (lab techs) and 36% (dental assistants) over the next six years. Lab techs can take home as much as $74,680 a year, and pharmacy techs can make as much as $18.77 an hour. College graduates who major in healthcare also have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country at just 5.4% for recent grads and only 2.2% for experienced graduates.
Online Healthcare Degrees Are More Respected than Ever
Just search for the term “medical training,” and you’ll find scores of schools that offer training in the medical support professions – and much of it is online. In addition to being flexible, convenient, and affordable, online degrees in general have gained more acceptance in recent years.
In a 2010 survey, the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy found that 97% of employers rated graduates of Western Governors University (a nonprofit, online-only university and StraighterLine partner school) equal to or better than graduates of other universities—and 94% of employers were willing to hire WGU graduates. Western Governors University's College of Health Professions offers a selection of online healthcare degrees, including a Bachelor's of Science in Health Informatics and an MBA in Healthcare Management.
Save Big When You Start with Online Courses from StraighterLine
The same types of basic courses are required for most healthcare degrees or certifications, and before you can start your career in healthcare, you'll need to take them someplace. But the best place to take them is StraighterLine, where your course credits are guaranteed to transfer to any of our partner colleges or through the ACE CREDIT service to over 1,800 colleges and universities in the United States. Teaming up with StraighterLine can save you thousands—or even tens of thousands—of dollars on your healthcare career.
Healthcare Careers Through StraighterLine
Here are some StraighterLine courses you’ll probably need to pursue your healthcare career
Depending on the healthcare career you’re planning to pursue, these courses could also be required: