Top 3 Healthcare Careers at Harris

top healthcare careersIf you are looking for a new start, Harris offers a number of career choices

Are you looking into healthcare careers? Are you wondering if you might enjoy the field of healthcare and medicine? At the Harris School of Business, we specialize in health care careers! Most of our training takes less than one year to complete and includes valuable hands-on experiences. Here are some of the popular options that students choose in order to start on their way to a new career:

1. Professional Medical Assistant Program

Of all of the programs for health care careers, the Professional Medical Assistant program tends to be one of the most popular programs at Harris. One of the reasons for its popularity is the positive job outlook for this profession. The Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook is a useful resource that predicts job outlooks for hundreds of careers, including many healthcare careers. For Medical Assistants, the handbook says:

“Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 29 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.” The Handbook cites the aging baby-boom population, the growth of the primary care industry, and the need for people to manage electronic health records as reasons for the positive job growth outlook for medical assistants.

What do medical assistants do? Medical assistants perform a wide variety of responsibilities. They take patient histories, help the doctors and nurses with patient exams, measure patients’ vital signs, schedule appointments, help with electronic health records, and sometimes perform administrative duties. If this career sounds good to you, learn more about Harris’s Professional Medical Assistant program.

2. Dental Assistant Training

Can you picture yourself working in a dental office? Dental assistants are responsible for a range of tasks, such as sterilizing equipment, setting up the treatment area for the next patient, providing assistance to the dentist during procedures, processing x-rays, and handling other administrative tasks in the office.

Like medical assisting, dental assisting has a positive job outlook. The Occupational Outlook Handbook predicts: “Employment of dental assistants is projected to grow 25 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.” The Handbook attributes the growth to an increasing demand for preventative services, the aging baby boomer population, and an expansion of the number of people who have dental insurance.

The Dental Assistant training at Harris includes everything you need to know to get started as a dental assistant, including dental anatomy, dental pathology, dental materials and equipment, and the basics of chair-side assisting. Learn more about this program on our Dental Assistant page.

3. Medical Billing and Coding Training

Medical Billers and Coders—also called Health Claims Specialists—play a key role in keeping medical offices running smoothly. They are responsible for processing and submitting insurance claims to ensure that medical providers get paid for the services they provide.

The Occupational Outlook Handbook suggests that the job outlook for medical billers and coders is strong. It says, “Employment of health information technicians is projected to grow 22 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.” The aging population, plus the need for professionals who understand electronic health records, are two reasons the Handbook suggests for the job growth in this career area.

At the Harris School, the Health Claims Specialist program prepares students for jobs as medical billers and coders. The training includes studying the common coding and diagnosis coding systems, such as the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) and the International Classification of Diseases (ICD). If this career field interests you, visit Harris’s Health Claims Specialist page.

Other Healthcare Careers at Harris

These are just a few of the health care careers for which the Harris School provides hands-on career-focused training. Other alternatives include:

One of the many benefits of enrolling in career-focused training at the Harris School is the opportunity to receive hands-on learning. Most programs include an externship or internship where students are placed in job settings where they get to practices their new skills in a real healthcare setting. In addition, as students near graduation, they are encouraged to visit the Career Services department, which is dedicated to helping students conduct strong job searches to help match them with the best possible job opportunities.

If you are serious about starting a new career, contact Harris today at 1-800-510-7920. Our representatives will be glad to help you get started!