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Good Paying Hospital Jobs That Only Need a Certification

Updated on September 25, 2016
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Nia is a cardiac sonographer, growing artist and writer who enjoys traveling and gaining experiences through living life to the fullest.

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It’s quite easy for a patient in the hospital to classify all employees that come through the door as a nurse. For one they’re probably ill and really don’t care who’s in there as long as they get the medical attention they need and for two they just probably don’t know any better. Years ago, an employee of the hospital was more than likely either a doctor or a nurse that probably received quite extensive schooling for their career choice. But now and days there are healthcare professions out there that only require a certification that can be obtained in a year or two. These careers put to rest the myth that only doctors and nurses are employed in the hospital. There are a number of fields that one can go into and make pretty decent money doing so. Here are a list of jobs available in the hospital:

EKG/ECG Technician

An EKG/ECG (Electrocardiograph) tech can often be found in the Cardiology Department. They will work closely with a physician on mainly matters in regards to the function of the heart of a patient. They assist a physician with Stress Tests, they administer taking blood pressures and assessing Holter Monitor testing results. Their prime duty is to give a patient an EKG that shows the heart’s rhythm paper to check for any heart problems the patient might have.

Training: High School Diploma, BLS Training (CPR), EKG training and receive a Cardiovascular Technician certificate.

Salary: $35,000 - $40,000/yr.

Cardiac Sonographer

These technicians are also known as an Echocardiographer or Echo Tech. This type of position is often confused with an EKG because they’re names are closely the same but they are a different type of tech performing a different type of test altogether. The job of an Echo Tech is to analyze the heart with a test called an Echocardiogram. It is a 2-Dimensional test on a computer-type monitor that gets an actual picture of a patient’s beating heart. The technician analyzes the patient's test and turns in the test results to a cardiologist. They work closely with the doctor to help diagnose the patient’s heart function. They also perform TEE’s, Stress Echoes and depending on the place of employment, vascular testing and carotid ultrasounds.

Training: Certification with an accredited program.

Salary: $50,000 - $60,000/yr.

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational therapy involves the rehabilitation of patients that have physical, mental and emotional issues. They assist the patients by performing exercises with them that the doctor prescribes to have done. Such exercises include helping patients be able to button their own clothes, helping them eat and learning to write again.

Training: Certification with an accredited program.

Salary: $45,000 - $60,000/yr.

Physical Therapy Assistant

Very similar to an Occupational Therapy Assistant, they also help patients that have physical, mental and emotional issues. However, they mostly help patients with a different form of training. They help the patients with the aids of exercise equipment versus using day to day routines to help the patient get back on track. Weights, exercise balls, resistance bands and the treadmill along with other pieces of equipment.

Training: Certification with an accredited program.

Salary: $42,000 - $62,000/yr.

Vascular Technician

A vascular technician checks the patient’s blood vessels to check for any blockages or clots. One type of equipment that they can use is an ultrasound machine to check for blockages in the neck. A special vascular machine is also used by running wires to various parts of the body checking for blood clots in the arms, groin area and legs.

Training: Certification with an accredited program.

Salary: $55,000 - $70,000/yr.

Cath Lab Tech

These techs work directly with the doctor. They aid in any procedures within the cath lab. Tasks may include removing sheaths, assisting with wire entry used in procedures and handling instruments containing blood. Physical requirements may be standing hours on end wearing a leaded suit. Techs however, are involved in with interesting cases.

Training: Certification with an accredited program.

Salary: $40,000 - $60,000/yr.

Music Therapist

Though most on this list only requires a certification, this is a cool profession to include. This position entails the therapist providing musical therapy for a patient wishing for a little harmony to brighten their day. Therapist may sing or play musical instruments with an array to choose from in order to soothe patients.

Training: Bachelor’s Degree and a Certification of musical therapy.

Salary: $30,000 - $50,000/yr.

Respiratory Therapist

For those that have trouble breathing a respiratory therapist is there to measure lung function. They aid in giving breathing treatments, pulmonary function testing, providing patients with breathing masks and any other equipment to help them breath. They also give aid to other procedures if there is a patient known with breathing troubles. They will be called to stand by in case of complications. They may also be used to manage patient’s on life support.

Training: Certification with an accredited program.

Salary: $40,000 - $60,000/yr.

Radiologic Technician

X-ray techs are also another name for these technicians. They help prepare the patient for their radiologic procedures. They operate x-ray machines to examine the patient’s bones, soft tissues, and organs or whatever body part they need to focus on. The machine uses radiation to obtain the necessary views for the tech. The tech will wear lead or step out of the patient's room to avoid receiving radiation from the machine. They may also be in charge of administering non-radioactive material into the patient’s bloodstream.

Training: Certification with an accredited program.

Salary: $40,000 - $65,000/yr.

EMT (Emergency Medical Technicians) & PARAMEDICS

At times being an EMT or Paramedic can be a real rush. If you are interested in a position that is fast-paced without a dull moment, these careers might be the position you want. EMT's and paramedics have been known to have to spring into action when rush decisions need to be made. They provide life-saving training to patients by responding to emergency calls, performing medical services and transporting patients to medical facilities. Both carry knowledge in CPR, giving oxygen and providing diabetics with glucose. The difference between an EMT and Paramedic is the training. Plus, paramedics make slightly more in pay. Paramedics can use needles and administer medications when EMT’s can not.

Training: Certifications are required for both. For paramedics, you have to be an EMT first.

Salary: $30,000 - $50,000/yr. (higher end of pay reflects a paramedic’s salary)

Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy techs are in charge of preparing medications by counting tablets and placing labels of the patient's information on bottles.They take their orders by a pharmacist. Their tasks may also include refilling prescriptions, stocking shelves with medications or medical supplies and answering phones to take prescription orders.

Training: Certification with an accredited program.

Salary: $25,000 - $35,000/yr.

A hospital career can be very fulfilling as well as provide you with a great living. This list is to give someone ideas of what direction they can head in. Keep in mind that positions listed above may vary in salaries depending on the location and experience. Although, most positions these days require a certification they may also require an associate's degree prior to receiving a certification. Position descriptions will put that information in the details. You may also find a position that allows on the job training.

This is just a sneak peek of the jobs within the hospital that most people still today to not realize are career choices. If you have a desire to work in the medical field it never hurts to call human resources department and ask for a listing of the positions they normally carry within their hospital to see which one may suit you. Good luck!

Data compiled on 7/13.


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    • Crystal Tatum profile image

      Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

      Great idea for a hub and well done! Voting up for sure.

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      NiaG 3 years ago from Louisville, KY

      Thanks Crystal! I think there are lots of job opportunities that don't require years upon years of training that most people don't know exist. Thanks for dropping in a comment. Have an awesome day!

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      Man of Strength 3 years ago from Orlando, Fl

      Hi Nia,

      This is an interesting and great hub. My cousin wants to be a musical therapist. She loves singing, but loves people even more. While these careers can pay a decent salary, having the passion to serve the people is key. Dealing with sickness and death is not for everyone. All careers in the medical field are admirable. Great work and voted up!

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      NiaG 3 years ago from Louisville, KY

      Thanks Man of Strength! I worked in the hospital for 5 years and it does take a special type of person to work there. Not necessarily with a passion to serve people but one that can handle certain aspects of it. Thanks for stopping by. Have an awesome day!

    • Lisa 2 years ago

      You have a good list of healthcare jobs in hospital. Thanks for including Cardiac Sonographer in the list. It is true that this career is demanding with a relatively high salary. If anyone wants to become a Cardiac Sonographer, it is very important to take an accredited program. Here is the school list with detailed information

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      NiaG 2 years ago from Louisville, KY

      Thanks so much Lisa. You know what's funny? That you mention Cardiac Sonographer. That's my field of work. I've been in the field for 5 years. I've taken a year off work but hope to be back at it soon. It's really a good field especially if you work for a good employer. Thanks for your comment Lisa!

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      annasmom 14 months ago

      I have been working as a medication aid at a hospice for a number of years. I am now studying to become a pharmacy tech. I tried to go to nursing school a couple of times, but could never make it happen while working and raising children.

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      NiaG 14 months ago from Louisville, KY

      Good luck to you! I hope you find it very rewarding!

    • Tee 8 months ago

      Annaamon are you in school or study on your own....i worked in a mail order pharmacy and study for the test on my own and passed....since you have worked as a medication aid you will for sure pass the test

    • Illesha 8 months ago

      Thanks for the helpful article! I am changing careers and would like to try out something that is not a long school commitment

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      NiaG 8 months ago from Louisville, KY

      Good luck to you Illesha! I became a cardiac sonographer and really enjoy it. There are some good jobs on this list that shouldn't be too long of a ride for you. Just research each and find out the best for you. Check on how many hours a day you will work, pay, and if it's physically adequate for you and you will make the right choice.

    • gmom 8 months ago

      what do you think about being hired in your 50's. I have been laid off for a year and would like to change my line of work. Is it crazy to think I could compete with younger graduates.

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      NiaG 8 months ago from Louisville, KY

      Absolutely not gmom. We had a lady in our class that was in her mid 50's. She was worried as well but she passed and found a career in Echocardiography with no problem. If you have the mental capacity, I say go for it!

    • Gave 7 months ago

      Hi woud you have some information regarding Orthotists and Prosthetist certification.

    • Bob 6 months ago

      Do you need to have an associates degree or can you just have a certificate to work as a radiation therapist?

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      NiaG 6 months ago from Louisville, KY

      Hi Bob. That will probably depend on the course you're taking. You would have to research different programs and see what requirements they need from you. I got lucky. When I went into my program for Echo I did not need an associates but I have seen programs that now need you to have it. As time goes on things change so you may want to do your researching now before rules of needing an associate degree change.

    • muggs 5 months ago

      Just FYI monet of these are no longer certificate only Xray is an associates degree, I am a registered RT and most of the others listed here are the same

    • SYED 4 months ago

      I am 50 years old, has recently come to USA, do not have any specialization in any field, would like to do any worth certification training to obtain decent job with good salary, I appreciate if you guide me through right path.


    • Kevin 4 months ago

      Hello, i am looking for a new career. I am 25 and have worked in offices and retail management for years now. I was taking interest in becoming a medical sonographer. How is te job outlook for a male entering the field and what education is needed. Thanks :)

    • john 4 months ago

      which of these course having the more chance for getting a job in hospital.i ask this because in every hospital needes a very limited techicians than any other staffs

    • pyar 3 months ago

      I am intrested in this. Let me know details.

    • Max 3 months ago

      I would like to request that you change "musical therapist" to "music therapist" There is no "-al" in the title.

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      NiaG 3 months ago from Louisville, KY

      Thanks so much Max. I never noticed it.

    • Amy 3 months ago

      Which of these jobs do you believe are in demand the most?

    • Kimberly 2 months ago

      These are great. Thank you for info., however do any of these only take 3 months?

    • sharon 2 months ago

      Hi I am 60 and in good shape young looking and thinking and thinking of a quick certificate program to get a job that pays more then min. wage. Any ideas for a flexible job I love the outdoors and like to keep active. Thanks!

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      NiaG 2 months ago from Louisville, KY

      Hi Kimberly. Not that I know of. You may want to research. My program took a year and a half. Most of them will probably will or maybe even more.

    • jayson 4 weeks ago

      hi Kimberly, what is the name of the school you went to? I am very interested. are you in calfornia bay area. need some information. thanks

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