There’s no doubt about it: The healthcare industry is hot. Over the next 10 years, healthcare jobs are expected to account for nearly one-third of all new jobs in the United States.
Though the high pay and steady work of a healthcare career are appealing, there’s one thing that acts as a roadblock to many. It may only be five letters long — but it can make even the strongest people feel queasy.
If you’d love a career helping people but can’t stand the thought of handling bodily fluids, you’ll definitely want to check out this post from The Simple Dollar.
It lists 10 mostly blood-free healthcare jobs that pay well and are expected to grow significantly over the next decade. The best part is that many of them don’t require a four-year degree; you just need to complete a relevant associate’s degree or certification program.
Here are three that caught our attention:
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
Sonography is essentially the process of creating images from an ultrasound. Demand for this position, which has a median wage of $68,390 and requires an associate’s degree, is expected to grow by a whopping 46% over the next 10 years.
Medical Equipment Repairer
Want to avoid patients completely? This is the job for you: You’ll repair the life-saving equipment located in hospitals and clinics. To get started, you need an associate’s degree in biomedical technology. Available jobs are projected to grow by 30% by 2025, and it has a median wage of $48,540.
If you’re a nurturer by nature, this job provides an opportunity to help people through one of the most difficult times in their lives. You’ll treat and counsel patients with radiation, many of whom have cancer. You need an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in radiation therapy for this job, which has an impressive median wage of $83,710. Though we wish it weren’t the case, projected growth for this position is 24% over the next decade.
Your Turn: Would you like to work in healthcare? Are you afraid of blood?
Susan Shain (@Susan_Shain) is a freelance writer and travel blogger who is always seeking adventure on a budget.