When it comes to the healthcare field, the job outlook is bright. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, healthcare jobs are projected to grow by 18% between 2016 to 2026. That is an increase of 2.4 million jobs, which is faster projected growth than any other occupational group. This makes healthcare a great job market for veterans looking for their next career while transitioning into the civilian sector. Choosing a career training school with programs set to educate and provide hands-on training is a great pathway into this booming job market for veterans.
Potential Healthcare Jobs for Veterans
At a medical & dental career training school, veterans can receive training in a number of different healthcare jobs, including but not limited to:
- Medical Assistants help complete clinical or administrative tasks. This varies based on the practice and location. These can include assisting doctors with physical exams and minor surgeries, updating patient health records, taking vitals and measurements, and front office administrative duties.
- Dental Assistants do numerous tasks in dental care offices. These ranging from patient care to sterilizing instruments and can include front office duties such as updating records and scheduling appointments. Can also include additional duties like taking and processing x-rays.
- Medical & Dental Administrative Assistants help manage the front office of dental practices, ensuring insurance and billing information is accurate and organized as well as working with clients to schedule appointments and answering questions via phone.
- Patient Care Technicians work in rehab centers, hospitals and other healthcare locations, working with doctors and nurses on basic medical procedures. They also help patients with daily living activities such as range of motion exercises, obtaining vitals, managing wounds, and assisting with feeding. They can also perform phlebotomy procedures and EKGs, amongst other tasks.
- Medical Records and Health Information Technicians ensure that health records, patient schedules, insurance information and treatment histories are all properly organized and managed. They can also supply coding and billing support.
- Phlebotomists are professionals who are certified to take and collect blood for medical labs. They are trained to use and maintain equipment for both taking and analyzing blood samples as well as properly labeling, storing and processing those samples.
- EKG Technicians typically work in clinics or hospitals doing physical exams and screenings to measure the healths of patients’ hearts. They mostly do this through the use of electrocardiograms, stress tests and telemetry monitoring tests. They will also learn to record and provide information for patients.
The Healthcare Sector and VA Benefits
Veterans should make sure that the career training school they are attending is approved for VA benefits. In particular, the Post-9/11 GI Bill® will provide educational benefits for those who served in active duty after September 10th, 2001. These benefits last for 36 months of educational enrollment. It is also important to make sure that the school you are planning to attend complies with the Principles of Excellence program from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. With these benefits, it will be be much easier for veterans to complete your training and education and move onto a fulfilling career in healthcare.
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.