4 Flexible Healthcare Careers for Moms

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For working mothers, going back to school can be a serious challenge. Between work and kids, there just isn’t enough time to study, go to class, and take the tests you need to pass. Trust me, I know what that feels like firsthand.

The good news is, there are allied healthcare careers education options for busy women today who need to study on the weekends or online. Some of these degrees can be completed in less than 2 years’ time – ideal for the mother with a tight budget and even tighter schedule.

Let’s get right into these 4 flexible medical careers for moms.

1.) Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical Therapist Assistants (PTA) are in high demand and find their jobs very rewarding. They help Physical Therapists with implementing their treatment plans for patients and can do so in a wide range of settings such as hospitals, private practices, and educational institutions.

Becoming a PTA

You can become a licensed Physical Therapy Assistant by obtaining an associate’s degree in physical therapy assisting, which takes as little as two years to complete after high school graduation. PTA programs consist of completing general education courses and then diving into coursework that focuses on subjects like anatomy, physiology, pathology, therapeutic exercise, pharmacology, clinical practice skills, and patient care.

PTA Responsibilities

PTAs are responsible for helping patients understand and follow the treatment plan set out by the physical therapist. They help patients perform exercises and track progress. PTAs also do a number of admin and office tasks, such as tracking the time each patient was seen and inputting data to make sure the business runs smoothly.

Physical therapist assistants often work with patients who are handicapped or disabled but may also treat trauma victims, athletes, and the elderly.

PTA Salaries

USNews ranked PTAs as the #1 healthcare support job and the BLS shows PTAs earning very competitive salaries. On average, PTAs earn $52,790 in the U.S., but some specialized therapists can expect to bring home more than $65,090 each year.

2.) Medical Assistant

Complete your medical assisting education in as little as 9 months with an online program, but many will take up to 2 years to complete the program and become certified.

Recent data shows medical assistants making over $32,000 per year in the United States. This is only one of the many positives associated with this profession. The Bureau of Labor Statics projects that there will be much demand for this profession in the next ten years, up to 29%.

The data illustrates how much demand there is for new medical assistants in the workforce. This demand will only increase as baby boomers continue to need more healthcare services.

Also, important for mothers who are working from home is the flexibility offered by being able to work around their schedules. Medical Assistant jobs come in all different shapes and sizes. They can be found working in a variety of medical specialty offices, general clinics, hospitals, ER rooms and nursing homes all across the nation!

Becoming a Medical Assistant is a very popular choice for moms. You can choose from many different paths to take, from certificate or associates degree programs to fully online programs. Total time to completion is 9 months to 2 years and the cost ranges from $1,400 – $9,000. Medical assistants were rated as the 5th best healthcare support job.

3.) Medical Billing and Coding

Medical billing and coding is a great work-from-home opportunity for busy moms.

Medical billing and coding can be a lucrative work-from-home opportunity for mothers who are looking for flexible jobs. This field pays well, especially if you are certified in this area. The qualifications required to become a medical billing and coding specialist are basic computer skills, typing speed, mathematical skills, attention to detail, and good customer service skills.

Medical billing and coding jobs pay competitive salaries and are in high demand as more and more healthcare processes go digital.

As more and more healthcare providers go digital, the number of medical billing and coding job has increased. These jobs range from entry-level to management and pay competitive salaries. The medical billing and coding system is a set of rules that helps health care providers understand how to bill for their services.

According to the BLS, medical billing and coding professionals earn an average annual salary of $45,240.

4.) Medical Technician

Medical and clinical laboratory technicians are essential to the well-being of patients. Their job is to collect samples, perform tests, and provide other services, such as speaking with patients or recording blood pressure. They’re also in charge of recording patient information and updating medical charts.

Medical and clinical laboratory technicians help to analyze samples of body fluids, tissue, and other substances related to the health or diagnosis of a patient. They also do some other lab and/or office duties.

Medical techs need a 2-year degree and a Medical Technologist a 4-year degree. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for a Medical and Clinical Lab tech is $43,590. A Medical and Clinical Lab tech with an Associate’s Degree or certificate earns an average of $36,910.

Medical technicians can work in many different settings and you are sure to find work opportunities at your local hospitals, doctors’ offices, and clinical labs.

Becoming a medical technician is a great career choice for busy moms since the schooling requirements are short, the pay is competitive, and the hours are flexible. You can find med tech programs online and at many local community colleges and universities.

Conclusion

When I became a mother, the prospect of going back to school was so daunting for me.

I have a demanding work schedule and children with an equally demanding schedule. Studying, going to class, and taking tests seemed impossible.

Then I discovered a college with a part-time program that fit my needs.

Now I’ve been able to stay on top of my career, my children, and my education without having to sacrifice any one of them.

I hope some of these healthcare career options are a good match for you moms out there.

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