3 Fast-Growing Healthcare Careers Available With a MYCAA Grant
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Of all the benefits that come from being a military spouse, one of the most useful is the funding available for training to propel you into a new and fulfilling career.
Military spouses of certain ranks (E1-E5, O1-O2, W1-W2) are eligible to receive up to $4,000 as a scholarship through the U.S. Department of Defense's MyCAA program. Short for My Career Advancement Account, this can provide the resources you need to create the professional life you've always wanted.
To take full advantage of this opportunity, consider the healthcare industry. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that health-related jobs are expanding rapidly, with projections of 14% more job openings in the next decade. This translates to 1.9 million new jobs in hospitals, doctor's offices, pharmacies, and other medical facilities throughout the country.
There are even relatively new careers emerging in the healthcare industry that may interest you. For many of these expanding careers in medicine and health, training can be completed in just a few months with tuition completely covered by a MyCAA grant.
Look for MyCAA-Approved Programs
With MyCAA, many healthcare careers are obtainable — even if you move frequently from city to city or need to stay at home. Online training offers the flexibility needed by military spouses. We’ve highlighted three of the many online healthcare opportunities available to you through the MyCAA scholarship.
Health Unit Coordinator
For those interested in working in hospitals, doctors' offices, or clinics, a health unit coordinator position can provide an excellent career. After completion of the 17-week online training program, you'll be prepared to pass the certification tests needed to become a ward clerk or unit secretary.
These professionals are in charge of administrative operations that may include planning activities, maintaining files, and helping patients with a variety of issues. As the population ages, the demand for this role will increase dramatically.
Medical Billing Specialist
When you are certified by the National Healthcareer Associations as a Certified Billing and Coding Specialist, you'll be ready to begin a career as a medical billing specialist. This position is at the heart of many healthcare facilities, since you are helping to pay the bills. As demands on the healthcare system expand, so will the need for personnel who are knowledgeable in medical billing.
Medical Electronic Health Records Specialist
Doctors' offices, hospitals, and other medical facilities have switched from paper files to electronic health records. If you have a keen eye for detail and strong organizational habits, you could oversee this important paperwork as a Medical Electronic Health Records Specialist. You will work in the front office to help keep patients safe and fellow medical professionals informed.
Begin Your New Career in Healthcare
With MyCAA, healthcare careers are easier than ever to begin. You won't even have to pay any out-of-pocket fees for training. These portable jobs make it easy to find work, even when you have to relocate.