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3 In-demand Non-physician Healthcare Careers That Don’t Require Med School

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The healthcare sector is growing fast, and healthcare professionals are in higher demand than ever before. Medical school can be expensive, and many may see that cost as a barrier to a career in healthcare. There are many non-physician jobs and other healthcare roles that don’t require going to medical school. Professional certificate programs like those offered at Tulane School of Professional Advancement can be an excellent option for those looking to work in healthcare without the time and money needed to go to medical school. Whether you’re interested in enhancing your career or just start breaking into the healthcare field, professional certificates could be the key to unlocking the next step in your career.

Do High-Paying Healthcare Jobs Require a Ph.D.?

There are many rewarding non-physician careers in a variety of roles and healthcare environments, such as assisted living facilities, nutrition, wellness, stress management, behavioral health, and fitness training. For those not interested in going to medical school, professional certificates are a great option to jumpstart your career in healthcare. A non-physician healthcare career might look like any of the examples below.

Director of (Corporate) Wellness

A wellness director is classified as a health educator who supports organizations and employees, manages corporate wellness initiatives, and develops programs to improve an organization's overall wellness. Wellness directors work in nonprofits, schools, corporations, and healthcare facilities.

  • In a nonprofit community organization, a wellness director might organize health programs for the public and report on their outcomes.
  • In schools, they may help develop a nutrition program and arrange seminars on stress reduction and exercise.
  • In a corporate setting, they may be evaluating health insurance policies for compliance.

With all of the changes to the corporate wellness landscape following a surge in remote work, the future of wellness in the workplace must address employee burnout. This is one of many reasons why the demand for wellness directors is steadily increasing. According to The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the employment of wellness directors will increase 11% before 2028. They also report the average salary for a wellness director is approximately $55,220. A Tulane SoPA Certificate for Corporate Wellness can help put you on track to becoming a wellness director.

Wellness Coach

Wellness coaches work one-on-one with clients regarding food and lifestyle choices, exploring a holistic approach to improving health, vitality, and personal well-being. More than prescribing a combination of diet and nutrition, wellness coaches evaluate factors such as career satisfaction, relationship health, and happiness within the client's home environment. As a wellness coach, you'd be bridging the gap between traditional healthcare and positive behavioral lifestyle changes.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that by 2030, half of all adults in the United States (nearly 115 million people) will be considered obese. Because this is a complex health concern, the solution requires a sustainable approach that accounts for the needs and challenges of real life. Wellness coaches help to connect people to different kinds of healthcare solutions. Not only is the work rewarding, but the salary can be too. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the average salary for a wellness coach is about $46,000, and the need for this role is expected to grow at a rapid pace of 13%. Online degrees are a convenient way to achieve educational goals for busy professionals looking to further their careers remotely.

Certified Personal Trainer

Certified personal trainers are experts in fitness training who work with clients to reach their exercise and wellness goals. They create customized workout plans based on assessments of their clients’ strengths and weaknesses and coach them through exercise techniques, physical guidance, and motivation. Their job is to build tailored fitness regimens, closely monitor progress, and ensure safety in exercise programs. According to Glassdoor, certified personal trainers make an estimated $48,253 per year. For anyone passionate about fitness and eager to help others achieve their goals, the kinesiology degrees and certificates offered through Tulane School of Professional Advancement are a great first step.

Prepare for a Rewarding Healthcare Career With SoPA

Stand out in the competitive healthcare field with a specialized graduate certificate. The Tulane School of Professional Advancement offers many affordable opportunities in programs designed with working professionals in mind. The diverse student body contributes to a balance of perspective, and the faculty has professional experience and connections in their respective fields. Because our provided programs are geared toward working professionals, and our faculty is full of industry leaders, Tulane SoPA delivers a unique opportunity to build a professional network while earning a degree. Class sizes are small, and training is hands-on, with an emphasis on industry-specific requirements that prepare students for the needs and demands of their prospective field. Putting students’ needs first, all of our coursework is asynchronous, so students have access to all learning materials, lecture notes, and assignments at any time.

Whether you’re going back to school to finish your degree or making a transition into healthcare, Tulane SoPA has the right program to fit your budget, schedule, and professional goals. Request information to learn more about our programs of study so you have the tools to plan your next career steps.

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