(ABC4 UTAH) As school costs rise and the COVID-19 pandemic has caused people across the country to rethink their jobs and careers, many people are looking for jobs with on-the-job training and career potential that don’t require a four-year degree. college or university.
Many job seekers assume that all hospital and healthcare jobs require a college degree and that health facilities only hire doctors and nurses. That is not true.
Intermountain Healthcare has vacancies for many types of jobs that do not require a college degree in clinical and non-clinical fields. Some jobs offer help with training before hiring.
“In the new job economy, Intermountain is thinking creatively and collaborating with educational partners to provide job training and educational assistance to job applicants and current employees,” said Tiffiny Lipscomb, vice president of human resources at Intermountain Healthcare. “There are some jobs available that don’t require any previous experience. Intermountain also raised its minimum wage to $16 an hour. This helps us attract and retain talent for jobs in that pay range.”
“There are also many job openings at Intermountain that require specific certifications or training that can be completed in short periods of time, such as within four weeks, 10 months, 16 months or two years. Some of these jobs have sign-up bonuses,” she added.
A few examples of these jobs are:
- Phlebotomists – collect blood from patients for lab tests.
- Surgical technologists – responsible for instruments during surgery and handing them over to surgeons.
- Central processing technicians – sterilize, assemble and distribute medical and surgical equipment for hospitals.
- Nurses – transport patients to operating rooms.
- Medical Assistants – prepare patients for health care visits, take vital signs, measure height and weight, administer immunizations, and perform basic clinical and administrative tasks.
- Patient Care Technicians (CNA) – assist nurses with patient care, change bedding, wash patients, monitor vital signs, transport patients, document care, and assist with record keeping.
- Registered nurses and/or licensed practice nurses – provide care to patients in hospitals and clinics.
- Imaging technologists – perform diagnostic imaging for patients, create images for things like X-rays, ultrasounds, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and computed tomography (CT) scans, as well as assist with imaging equipment maintenance.
- Information and digital technology specialists – provide computer-related support for clinical and non-clinical areas.
- Patient service representatives – assisting with patient registration and coordination, scheduling appointments, working as cashiers and answering phones, employees in food services, environmental services (housekeeping), and central laundromat.
“Employees who work in these types of jobs have the opportunity to pursue careers, whether it’s management within their job scope – or because they see people working in other departments – they may want to continue their education and train in a different career area in health care,” Lipscomb added.