Healthcare Boom Increases Demand For Medical Support Staff

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If you have always wanted to work in a hospital or doctor's office, becoming a healthcare support staffer might be just the shot in the arm your career needs. With training from a top-notch career college, in about 8 to 12 months, depending on the program, you can be a valued team member in a hospital, lab, pharmacy, physician's office or dental practice.

According to the Department of Labor, healthcare will generate three million new jobs between 2006 and 2016, more than any other industry, employing over 12 million workers*. California, in particular, has a shortage of healthcare professionals, with vacancies across the state, raising salaries and increasing employment opportunities for high school graduates, career changers and other job seekers.

Although the media has focused on the critical need for registered nurses (RNs), well-trained and competent clinical support staff, such as Medical Assistants and Surgical Technologists, as well administrative support staff, including Health Claims Examiner/Medical Billers, are also an essential component in providing quality healthcare services.

In the past, on-the-job training might have been sufficient to become a member of a medical/dental office or lab support staff. But today, the bar has been raised: workers need to hit the ground running, with a complete understanding of the advances in medical technology, as well as the knowledge and practical skills necessary to be competent in different environments, whether private, public, governmental or university-based. As a Medical Assistant, for example, you might expect to help out with basic insurance billing, medical records and other office skills, but you might also check vital signs or help set up for physical exams. Medical Assistants have found work in hospitals, clinics, HMOs, and home health organizations.

Other hands-on, patient-oriented careers that have been increasing along with a growing and aging population are Massage Therapist, Pharmacy Technician, and Dental Assistant.


Vocational Nursing is a respected, rewarding career that allows you to help people each and every day. It's a career that offers high demand opportunities for qualified nurses in hospitals, doctors' offices, clinics, colleges, home health agencies, and convalescent homes. It's also a great first step for those considering further advancement in nursing or other healthcare careers.

Optical Dispensing is another field with great potential. An optical dispensing specialist who passes the National Opticianry Exam and Contact Lens Registry Exam can be qualified to work as an ophthalmic lab technician, contact lens fitter, eye doctor's assistant, manufacturer's representative or optical office manager. You can even open your own store someday -- an exciting and challenging opportunity to realize your financial and personal independence.

No matter what healthcare support staff position is right for you, look for an accredited college with qualified faculty, modern facilities, and placement assistance. An admissions representative can help you figure out where your aptitude and talents lie. And when the time comes, you can receive help with interviewing skills, resume preparation, and job leads.

"I felt like I was in a dead end in my career, and now a whole new world has opened up for me," said one recent healthcare graduate.

For more information about becoming an American Career College student, call 877-809-8686 or complete the form below.

*"U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook," 2007-2008 edition.


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