14 High Paying Medical Jobs With Little Schooling Needs

By Indeed Editorial Team

Published October 18, 2021

Medical-related careers can be fulfilling and rewarding, especially after attaining education requirements. There also exist many opportunities in medicine that require little schooling. Understanding the primary responsibilities of these medical jobs, their titles, and average salaries can help you decide which ones to consider applying for when looking for employment. In this article, we explore 14 high paying medical jobs with little schooling, define the responsibilities of each career and list the national average salary of each job.

14 top high paying medical jobs with little schooling

You can get a medical job with as little as an associate's degree or training certificate. You can also choose to pursue medical education to advance your career further and earn an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in the field. The following jobs enable you to get your medical credentials with less time and schooling:

1. Medical assistant

National average salary: $20.44 per hour

Primary duties: As a medical assistant, you are usually the first person a patient entering the medical office or examination room meets. You can maintain patients' medical records and document vital signs and symptoms for the supervising physician. You may also perform para technical duties such as opening specimens and logging patient samples to prepare them for testing under the close supervision of a medical officer.

Read more: How to Become a Physician's Assistant

2. Phlebotomy technician

National average salary: $21.80 per hour

Primary duties: A phlebotomy technician or a phlebotomist is a healthcare professional responsible for obtaining patients' blood specimens for lab investigation, intravenous insertions, and blood donations. Phlebotomists find jobs at diagnostic clinics, hospitals, blood banks, insurance companies, forensic labs, and other healthcare areas. As you study, you gain experience in safe blood or plasma drawing. These skills are necessary for microcollection, venipuncture, and specimen processing while maintaining patient safety and confidentiality.

You can work as a phlebotomy technician after graduating from a Canadian Medical Association (CMA) recognized Canadian post-secondary institution in the medical discipline and phlebotomy training. The requirements regarding certifications may vary with each province. For example, Alberta has no specific certification requirements, but in Ontario, to work as a phlebotomist, you can get a license from the College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario (CMLTO).

3. Physical therapist assistant

National average salary: $22.87 per hour

Primary duties: Physical therapy assistants (PTAs) identify patient problems and treat them using techniques such as exercise, movement, balance, massaging, and other therapeutic motion-based activities. During treatment, you can set up medical equipment to treat patients. You may work with patients to design and track treatment schedules, evaluate results, and document the progress.

Physical therapy assistants help patients regain motor functions and manage pain after illnesses and injuries. A physical therapist's work environment can be in hospitals and private physiotherapy practices. You can work as a physiotherapy assistant after studying a physiotherapy course and passing the Physiotherapy Competency Examination (PCE) for registration.

4. Certified occupational therapy assistant

National average salary: $23.74 per hour

Primary duties: Certified occupational therapy assistants (COTAs) help occupational therapists dispense their duties. Your work may involve consulting patients to develop a routine to recover, strengthen and improve their movement. A COTA mainly works in rehabilitation centres or rehabilitative departments of health settings. You can become a certified occupational therapy assistant after completing an accredited occupational therapy assistant program at a registered college.

5. Dental assistant

National average salary: $23.97 per hour

Primary duties: Dental assistants perform both dental and administrative responsibilities under dentists. Your work may involve preparing and recording a patient's dental history, cleaning and maintaining dentist's tools, performing final placement of fixed or removable dental prosthetics, scheduling appointments, and assisting with dental procedures. You can become a dental assistant by completing an accredited program, getting a certification from the National Dental Assisting Examining Board (NDAEB), and getting a license from the provincial Dental Assisting Regulatory Authorities (DARA).

Read more: How to Write a Dental Assistant Resume (With Steps and Tips)

6. Nutritionist

National average salary: $24.17 per hour

Primary duties: Nutritionists are medical professionals who focus on food and diet to help patients or clients plan and adopt healthy eating habits to enhance health and wellness. You may work with patients with food allergies, non-communicable diseases, and other health conditions that need a nutritionist's experience to plan. You can become a nutritionist after studying for a four-year bachelor's degree with a focus on foods and nutrition from an institution recognized by the dieticians of Canada's body. Afterwards, you can get practical training and write a Canadian Dietetic Registration Examination (CDRE) managed by the regulatory college in each province.

7. Clinical laboratory technician

National average salary: $24.22 per hour

Primary duties: Clinical laboratory technicians perform routine technical work and experiments in laboratories to inform scientific investigations. Your work may include setting up laboratories during scientific research, conducting lab experiments, recording, analyzing, and reporting findings. You can also collect samples from body tissues and fluids. You may primarily work in diagnostic clinics, hospitals, and medical laboratories.

To become a laboratory technician, complete a two- to three-year college program in medical laboratory technology and have a period of supervised practical training. You then get registration with the provincial regulatory body or College of Medical Laboratory Technologists in the region you choose to work. Employers may also ask for a Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) certificate.

8. Surgical technician

National average salary: $25.10 per hour

Primary duties: Surgical technicians prepare and transport patients for surgery and medical procedures. You may also assist surgeons during surgery. Surgical technicians prepare and maintain surgical equipment and help patients during recovery and post-operation. You can begin your career by completing a Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accredited surgical technology program from a college, university, or technical school.

Related: How to Become a Surgical Technologist in 4 Steps (With FAQs)

9. Medical coding specialist

National average salary: $26.58 per hour

Primary duties: A medical coding specialist manages the classification and documentation of diagnoses, treatments, and procedures for billing and reimbursement from health insurance companies. You may primarily work in the billing department of medical organizations, such as hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, and nursing homes. You can become a coding specialist after completing the Classification and Coding Specialists National Certification Examination (CCCS NCE) offered by the Canadian College of Health Information Management (CCHIM).

10. Health information technician

National average salary: $27.52 per hour

Primary duties: Health information technicians manage and organize healthcare and medical information. Your role may involve controlling the accuracy, accessibility, security, and quality of medical data in digital systems and printed documents. You may primarily work in clinics, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and hospitals. Health information technicians may also manage essential health information to make organizations more efficient. You can become a health information technician after obtaining a certificate from the Canadian College of Health Information Management (CCHIM).

11. Emergency medical technician

National average salary: $27.66 per hour

Primary duties: Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) respond to emergency calls and dispense emergency medical treatment to patients in need. You may primarily work in the pre-hospital settings where you can deliver patient care, support, and evaluation on the scene or as you transport the patient.

To work as an EMT, employers expect you to complete a one- to three-year college course, hospital-based training, or other recognized paramedical or emergency medical technology program and get a license from the regulatory body for the province you choose to work.

12. Licensed practical nurse

National average salary: $30.97 per hour

Primary duties: Licensed practical nurses (LPNs), or registered practical nurses (RPNs), support patients in the healthcare field by recording and monitoring vitals, providing primary care to hospitalized patients by administering medicine, helping the patients dress, answering the patient's needs, and moving them around. You can become a licensed practical nurse after graduating from an approved practical nursing education program that may last for up to two years. After graduation, you can get a license from the governing college or association in the province you choose to work. There is no specific national regulation for nursing.

13. Ultrasonographer

National average salary: $34.24 per hour

Primary duties: The work of an ultrasonographer, or ultrasound technician, involves using equipment emitting high-frequency sound waves to generate images of internal organs. Ultrasound technicians administer ultrasounds to help doctors diagnose and evaluate many body conditions, like heart complications and cancer. Ultrasonographers can also help expectant mothers track pregnancy health with the aid of an ultrasound machine.

You can become an ultrasound technician after studying a three- to four-year program in diagnostic medical sonography or ultrasound technology. You can also complete a two- to three-year program in a related allied health field and a one-year post-diploma program in diagnostic medical sonography from an accredited institution. Afterwards, you may register with the provincial regulating organ, for example, l'Ordre des Technologues en Radiologie du Québec for the province of Quebec.

14. Nuclear medicine technologist

National average salary: $35.94 per hour

Primary duties: Nuclear medicine technologists prepare and administer radioactive medications, commonly known as radiopharmaceuticals, to conduct image scanning on patients' bodies to observe abnormal body areas to diagnose and treat diseases. You may also operate imaging tools that help them assess these abnormal body parts for areas affected with cancer, tumours, or other malignant illnesses. You can become a nuclear medicine technologist after completing an Accreditation Canada accredited degree program and passing the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) professional examination.

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