You’re on the move a lot as a military spouse and you may think you can’t have a career of your own because of this traveling lifestyle. The good news is that’s not necessarily the case if you choose the right career field.
There are many portable career opportunities available for military spouses that allow you to transition from one location to another smoothly, especially in the healthcare industry. You can easily find portable healthcare career opportunities through certifications that don’t require two- or four-year degrees.
How do you pay for these certifications? As a military spouse, you could be eligible for the My Career Advancement Account Scholarship (MyCAA). This scholarship awards up to $4,000 in financial assistance for continuing education opportunities in various careers.
The healthcare industry is rapidly growing. Demand is enormous for certified professionals in many different areas of healthcare. Here are five high-demand portable careers that are fulfilling and rewarding.
If you love helping people and want to work directly with patients, then a career as a medical assistant might be right for you. Medical assistants are needed in every medical office and have an average annual salary starting at $30,000. Medical assistant responsibilities include:
Handling laboratory specimens
Preparing patient rooms
Getting medical histories
If the sight of blood doesn’t bother you and you enjoy working in a laboratory environment, then consider a phlebotomy technician career. The average annual salary for a phlebotomy technician is $30,000, and the responsibilities include:
Collecting blood for testing
Collecting non-blood specimens for testing
Assembling and maintaining equipment
Properly labeling the specimens
A career as a patient care technician is ideal if you want to perform more advanced clinical duties. The starting annual salary of a patient care technician is $37,000. Patient care technician responsibilities include:
Collecting blood and nonblood specimens
Testing various types of specimens
Assisting doctors and nurses with patient exams
The human medical field isn’t the only healthcare industry in demand. The veterinary field greatly needs veterinary assistants. If you love working with animals, then this could be a rewarding career. The average annual salary of a veterinary assistant is $27,000, and the responsibilities include:
Collecting various types of specimens
Maintaining patient records
Assisting the front office staff
Assisting the veterinarian
A healthcare IT technician career combines work in the healthcare field and computer skills. The average annual salary of a healthcare IT technician is $35,000. The responsibilities include:
Setting up security for user accounts
Maintaining PC workstations
Auditing patient records
Performing basic coding
Installing and managing networks
It’s possible to be a military spouse and have a rewarding career and you don’t have to break the bank to pay for training.
Once you’ve decided on the job you want, simply apply for the MyCAA scholarship. If you’re not sure which one is best for you, contact a MedCerts’ Education Consultant. Our experienced team can help you choose a career and assist you with the MyCAA application.