As one in eight Americans now works in the healthcare field, it’s now the greatest employer of people in the U.S. With an increased need for people to get involved, there are more entry level healthcare jobs than ever before. Whether you’re working at a pharmacy to assisting in an office, you could be getting your feet wet in healthcare without having to spend money on school.

Here are four healthcare jobs where you could learn a lot before you make any big career shifts.

1. Work As a Medical Secretary

If you’re interested in the medical industry but can’t find your way in, you might want to find a job that every office needs to have filled. One thing every office needs is a series of administrative assistants, secretaries, and staffers who help keep the office running. While you won’t administer care, you’ll be essential to making sure that everyone in your office has the tools they need to take care of business.

You’ll order supplies, keep the schedule together, and even coordinate between specialists, doctors, and hospitals. The biggest bend in the learning curve is going to be related to all of the terminologies you’ll have to learn. While you won’t make nearly as much as someone with a medical degree, you’ll get an education while you work.

Most secretaries at the offices of specialists make more than $15 an hour and some make even twice that. When you’re tasked with lots of organizational work as well as maintaining privacy for patients, you are worth more than the average admin. As you’ll need to learn and maintain HIPAA best practices, you’ll be trained to climb up the ladder quickly.

2. Nursing Assistants Get Experience

If you’re looking for a way to get into nursing or patient care eventually, you might not know the path you want to pursue. It takes years for the average medical professional to find their groove, often while they’re paying tens of thousands of dollars a year for school. Rather than go to school aimlessly trying to figure out what you want to do, work as a nursing assistant to find out what you like.

You’ll get hundreds of hours of hands-on experience working alongside trained staff and professionals in the field. You can ask questions and learn all about what each specialist is tasked with. If you work with RNs, you can find out about what it takes to become an RN and how they become qualified.

Picking up these hours in the field will prepare you for being in residence later in your career. In the meantime, you’ll earn a fair salary above minimum wage and depending on how serious the tasks you work on are.

3. Get Experience in Home Care

As we reach a near-crisis level of need for the care of our aging baby boomers, the number of home care aides that we need will rise. You’ll find that there are more and more people who are aging with dignity at home who also need help managing basic household tasks. Rather than struggle with their day-to-day functions, home care aides provide a much-needed service.

Home care aides are there to step in for those hours when our loved ones need help running errands, cooking food, or just need some company. They provide physical, emotional, and psychological support to our loved ones while we’re at work and dealing with our own families.

While this costs families anywhere from $25k to $40k a year, it provides untold enrichment for our loved ones. The people who take these jobs must have patience and an overall drive to help others. When we hand the care of our vulnerable loved ones over to a stranger, we put a lot of trust in them.

Most home care aides take this role very seriously and show a great deal of compassion for the people we care about.

4. Get Experience as a Physician’s Assistant

A physician’s assistant is the perfect person to know all about the inner workings of what’s going on in any medical office. They’re vital for ensuring that any doctor of any specialty has all the help they need in assisting the people who come into the office.

Over time, a physician’s assistant can go from working on bookkeeping and scheduling to doing things to help with minor medical duties. The tasks and procedures they’ll be allowed to complete are limited by the law and the doctor’s medical license, but you might be surprised at your tasks. You could be learning a lot on the job while also getting paid a fair salary.

You’ll have a great opportunity to see how many important day-to-day procedures are completed. Working for a family doctor or a private practice can make you part of the larger community. You’ll get acquainted with the people who come to the office in a substantial way and over time be trusted with more and more tasks.

If you decide to do your residency there, you’ll already have laid the important groundwork of trust, vital to the success of any medical professional. If you’d prefer something more laid back, you might find that you’d prefer to work in something closer to what you’d find in this guide.

Entry Level Healthcare Jobs Are Easy To Find

Even though the field is competitive, entry level healthcare jobs are important to ensuring that people get the care they deserve. Everyone from the intake nurse down to the brain surgeon is vital to making sure the ecosystem of healthcare continues to function.

If you’re thinking of getting into the eyecare industry, check out our guide for tips.

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How People with High IQs Think (Practical Examples)

You don’t have to be the Einstein of our generation to be successful. But in some companies and institutions, IQ has a tendency to correlate to qualities they value, hence the kind of people they seek and want to work with. IQ tests directly measure your ability to correctly identify patterns and logic problems under a time limit.

Those skills have a significant correlation to other skills that we value in a 21st century, post-industrial economy. It correlates with the ability learn complex concepts, learn to think critically, learn to identify opportunities etc.

IQ is probably overrated today. We place way to much value on IQ, and take it as being far more meaningful than it is.

These are two practical examples (from Calvin and Raffaele) of how people with high 1Qs think (from a social, intellectual, and practical point of view). How they perceive everyday interactions and situations. They originally shared these experiences on reddit.

1. Calvin Chopra, An inquisitive autodidact

I tested about 4 months back; my IQ was 150. My Myers Briggs Test Type (MBTI) is INTJ and I am 17 years old.

Socially: It is pretty screwed up. I can’t get along with kids in my school or other people around me. Also, it is an INTJ characteristic that people perceive me as arrogant; in fact I am very humble. I tend to be the silent one. I don’t talk much and sometimes I am shy.

I don’t talk to people in my age group, but instead have friends who are older than me. I also don’t believe in small talk; I don’t want people calling me unless it is extremely important and I think a real conversation is better any day.

However, When I am with like-minded people or in a place where I can discuss  ideas, I am good socially and I consider myself to be an ambivert contrary to the MBTI test. I am swift then. Also, I am good at reading people’s expressions and know what they are thinking about, but sometimes I don’t even know that they are listening to me.

I despise smartphones, any and every form of communication. I don’t use my smartphone quite a lot and I might switch to a feature phone. Also, I permanently deleted my facebook account after joining Quora. I don’t keep up with my old buddies.

Intellectually: At an early age, I discovered that I was passionate about robotics and computers. Also I am a voracious reader. I read, think and talk about subjects ranging from Neuroscience to metaphysics.

I am good at school now. I love to be intellectually engaged. I have a hard time doing dull work, but I motivate myself and do work well. As for music, I find solace in classical works of Beethoven, Chopin, Tchaikovsky and the likes.

The dark side of this intellectual prowess is that I sometimes have to deal with analysis paralysis and I tend to over-plan things. I think and worry a lot, sometimes. Other times I get lost in my imagination; when I am inactive I tend to do thought experiments and try to analyze or build things in my mind.

Creativity: My mind has an inclination towards abstraction; I would study the fundamental nature of something, make assumptions and inferences and would try to build an abstract model. I would then try to use that model. That is why I love robotics.

I love to work on abstract stuff; I would do stuff with Artificial Intelligence and Machine learning and then use these domains to develop robots. Abstraction and Application, I work on these constantly.

Practicality: I was a strong idealist earlier; now I believe that practicality and idealism should go hand in hand. With my idealistic mind, I made many mistakes. I learnt from those mistakes and take my decisions wisely now.

I analyze the situations I am in, anticipate outcomes and know what will be beneficial for me. I do not have the Dunning Kruger effect, I know what I am good at, I know what I am bad at and I know that I don’t know much.

Procrastination: If I don’t have a plan, I will procrastinate, a lot. I need to make a plan a night before. That is the only way I can be productive. I don’t really need to be motivated to do something; having a purpose is enough. The next best thing would be a plan.

Although I don’t follow a plan rigidly but I keep working on things till bed time. I constantly make day logs and edit my plan, and I have a good work ethic. I am a non-conformist and brutally rational. I do not care about what others think about me, but I do not harm them either. If my apathy harms them, then I am in a dilemma.

[Note: Whatever I am or whatever I think, I do not attribute it to my IQ. Whatever I have achieved is by devoting time and effort in order to enhance my skills.

I believe regardless whether your IQ is 100 or 140, you can achieve solely by practicing and improving your skills; a priori intelligence is just because of genes and environment. You can be anything you want.

Also, People cannot be compared; there might be millions of people intelligent than you, millions dumber than you. If you want to get ahead embrace who you are. Be unique, do something only you can and discover your real potential.]

2. Raffaele Tranquillini, 16-year old student, programmer

Sorry for my English, my native language is Italian and actually I am 16 year old, so still learning. Even if I am not 160 or more, I have taken a few reliable IQ tests in the past and obtained scores between 145 and 150 in all. I’ll try to give a detailed answer to this question.

Notice: additional factors may influence this answer. I am an INTP on MBTI personality scale and I’m left handed (I’m not sure, but this may influence)

Childhood: in short, I was a strange child. At the kindergarden I used to look always behind the computers to see how cables were connected; I learnt reading and writing when I was three, and my kindergarten nannies remember me that I was extremely lively (too lively, sincerely), very good at puzzles that were designed for elder children, and that I used to talk always about things like gizmos, mechanical systems, possible projects using windmills and things like that.

In addition, I was not extroverted and not very friendly to my mates and teachers (that I now love for accepting me for how strange I was even when, often, I was completely crazy). At the primary school, the situation was different.

I got bullied very very often both from schoolmates and teachers, that, in a school of the peripheral area of a city, hated me because I was smarter than other children.

They used to put the blame on me for everything that happened in my class, they lied to my parents about things that, for they, I did (they were serious things, so my parents didn’t believe me) because they were just envious, exactly like my classmates.

Now I don’t like children and I hate everything related to the period of primary school, because it remembers me all that bullying of teachers and classmates.

The only positive aspects is that this experience taught me not only to respect everyone and avoid bullying, but to be always as generous and correct as possible with other people in order to avoid they made the same bad experiences.

Social skills: they were quite poor, but in the time with my very analytic behaviour I learned how the “society algorithm” works, and I am in some things even more able than normal people, because I don’t do anything in a spontaneous way in social occasions, and instead I know how to simulate well an emotion or another. However, there are still many points where this “algorithm” I learned doesn’t work, and that translates in social difficulties.

Everyday life: the main difference is that I see patterns everywhere. Patterns and algorithms. In addition, I am usually really fast in thinking logically, and when I speak I usually try in my head in 1/10 of second 4-5 different sentences and choose the best one (something not the best for that situation, though).

Then often I figure out many different solutions in a very short time to a problem, including the solution that I think will be the wrong one but the one that the others will choose, and I can’t explain the right one.

Often people tell me that my solution is wrong and I am stubborn, but I know it is correct, and after hours they will notice I was right. In addition, I always talk very very fast to keep up with my thoughts.

Other aspects of social life: I often feel alone among the people. I am between them, but I feel separated by a wall that isolates me on a place that is just physically near the people around me. They don’t understand me. They misunderstand me (in a bad way).

I feel as I had some sort of veil that doesn’t let me interact with them. And nobody believes me if I try to explain that. (This is one of the the many symptoms of Asperger’s I have… But I’m almost sure it’s also the IQ)

Interests: my mind is very good in some directions and very wrak in others. For instance, I am not good at maths (high school maths is IMO boring and I don’t want to study it) except for the very small part of it involving logical thinking.

I am very good at writing, but my main, obsessive hobby is programming. I love it, and I am programmer since I was 8. I love it because it’s good to use my logic. I’ve always been very bad at sport. Especially, I have never had coordination. I love quiet places, and I need to walk alone in quiet places for some kilometers every day to relax.

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