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You Don't Need Your BS to Work in Health Care

You Don't Need Your BS to Work in Health Care

With the economy in a recession, health care has never been so hot. You voted the industry as the most secure job in 2008, and many health related establishments are hiring in 2009. Fortune highlights this fact in pointing out that 20 of the best companies had at least 350 openings as of Jan. 13.

Don't declare health care as an out-of-the-question career if you went for a Bachelor of Arts, not Science. Four of the 20 hiring companies are in the health business, and besides nurses, pharmacists, and therapists, these respected employers are looking for candidates to fill non-clinical positions. Administrative jobs, human resources and IT positions, service and supports jobs are all areas where help is wanted.


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muchacha muchacha 8 years
*i would think - i too need my coffee :)
muchacha muchacha 8 years
Deidre, I agree - I know a lot more about healthcare than my family members, and I can hold relatively technical/specific conversations with people who are practitioners (not bad for 3 years in the industry), this work contributed to my confidence about my maintaining my health. My boss, who has been in the industry for 20+ years is consistently asked if he is a physician. If you decide to work in Medical Marketing/Communications, I also agree all you will need good communications skills and an ability to work with people - and you also need a particular aptitude for the science/clinical aspect. My Sociological background is great for describing trends at the general level, but it's a steeper learning curve to understand the specific therapeutic areas, the drugs, etc. I would like most people are capable of achieving the basic knowledge. I started off at entry level. I also know someone who worked in Finance and made the switch over to Brand Manager at a major Pharma company.
Frenched Frenched 8 years
I got lucky enough to enter to the healthcare industry without any prior medical experience. I'm performing a clerical, entry-level job but it's definitely a stepping-stone. I'm glad that this industry is doing well during this recession, too.
Deidre Deidre 8 years
It's so true! BA in English landed me a sales/service postition with an insurance firm for a few years before I moved on to HR. Most companies simply require somone with good communication skills and ability to learn quickly. Big plus -- since all aspects of this industry are always changing, the majority of companies are willing to invest in your training. Still in my 20s, I know way more about the health care system than a lot of my extremely intelligent middle-aged co-workers and family members. Health care is definitely one of the few consistently-hiring industries in our crappy economy right now. Not only do I have job security, but I have industry knowledge that will now help with my own personal health care in the years to come.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i just sent this to my fiance since he's a recruiter and i'm sure that he could figure out something here. if the heath care industry is still looking to fill so many jobs, then he really needs to get involved in that one.
snarkypants snarkypants 8 years
i work in medical publishing with my BA...never thought it would be what i would be doing!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I find it rather hard to get into the health care field. I've tried several times and they always say they want someone with prior health care background, ummmmmm okay. I have my BA in Communications and although I haven't worked in the health care field I know I could be qualified otherwise but I always seem to hit a road block. Orrrrrrrrrr it's some major entry level position for about 30k and to be honest at 26 yrs old and rent, utilities and everything just on my paycheck that won't cut it.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
*you guessed it I haven't had my caffeine
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
I have a BBA with emphasis in Human Resources. I work for a hospital in, you guess it, human resources. I've worked in healthcare for 9 years now. I started out in admissions (HS diploma required) and it opened the door for my HR career here. I love my job and working in healthcare.
muchacha muchacha 8 years
I work in health for a Continuing Medical Education (CME) agency as a Project Manager working with pharmaceutical companies, and I finished my BA in Sociology and Religious Studies. I also know a few people who are pursuing MPHs after having completed an arts degree. I think Sociology or Economics and even English (for good writing and story telling) are excellent background for pursuing a career in health care. For myself I think I will pursue an MBA to even work in Medical Publishing, but you are right saavy, it isn't necessary to have a Science background to work in the health industry.
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