10 Non-Traditional Careers in Healthcare

As a woman entering the healthcare field, your experience with all there is to offer may be somewhat limited thanks to how women are presented on television — do you choose to become a nurse or physician?

However, your options are not nearly so limited. In this article, we’re going to explore 10 career options available to those of you with a sincere desire to help people. Though, like Irma Cota, President and CEO of North County Health Services, helping people doesn’t always mean working directly with patients.

Cytotechnologist
Cytotechnologists are medical laboratory professionals who study cells and their anomalies and evaluate tissue samples for disease. Women in this profession tend to enjoy chemistry, biology, and math, as well as sitting over a microscope for large portions of their day.

To become a cytotechnologist, a bachelor’s degree is required, preferably in one of those focuses listed above. As well as passing the certification exam from the American Society for Clinical Pathology
Perfusionist
Perfusionists operate the cardiopulmonary bypass machines (also known as heart-lung machines) that help patients’ organs function during cardiac surgeries. Perfusionists form part of a team that includes cardiac surgeons, anesthesiologists, and physician assistants.

To become a perfusionist, you need to have a bachelor’s degree in any subject plus a CCP (Certified Clinical Perfusionist) credential, or a four-year perfusion education degree from an accredited university.

Space Psychologist
Being a space psychologist doesn’t actually involve space travel. You are, however, helping those astronauts who will be traveling in space. From advising selection panels to pre and post-mission counseling, you’ll be making sure our astronauts are emotionally and mentally fit.

The minimum you’ll need to break into this field is a bachelor’s degree in applied psychology, organizational psychology, or another discipline. Though, most space psychologists have their Ph.D.

Orthotist/Prosthetist
Orthotists help to enhance a patient’s limb, while prosthetists help to replace it. Both, however, work through the evaluation and assessment processes to ensure their devices are a proper fit for each patient.

Most orthotists and prosthetists have master’s degrees in their respective fields and participate in one-year residency programs, followed by certification. A state license may also be required depending on which state you reside.

Pedorthist
Pedorthists are experts in feet, from anatomy to shoe construction. There are a number of conditions that require special footwear needs, including diabetes, arthritis, flat feet, and bunions. The pedorthist’s job is to evaluate those needs and customize footwear that will help these patients with whatever mobility issues or limitations they’re experiencing.

To become a pedorthist, you need at least a GED plus 1,000 hours of practical experience. And you’ll need to be certified through either the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics or BOC International.

Consultant
There are a number of options here, including legal consulting and TV/media consulting. Legal consultants are not lawyers, but they do have a background in both law and medicine, and typically go through the same training as lawyers. They provide legal guidance to clients and businesses.

TV/media consultants make sure your favorite movies and television shows are depicting what hospital life is really like, including all that medical jargon that nurses and doctors use.

Medical Writing/Illustration
Medical writing is a broad area that includes everything from marketing/ad copy to regulatory documents. Medical writers combine medical knowledge with writing ability and communication skills, and can work in a number of settings: clinics, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, medical journals, and more.

Medical illustrators are designers, graphic artists, photographers, and videographers with some medical experience. Though, this tends to be less of a requirement than it is for the medical writers.

Clinical Social Worker
Clinical social workers help patients improve their mental and emotional well-being. This area of social work focuses on assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of a number of behavioral disorders. Clinical social workers can be found in a variety of environments, including clinics, hospitals, schools, military facilities, substance abuse clinics, and child welfare agencies.

Clinical social workers must first earn a master’s degree in social work from an accredited university, followed by supervised clinical experience. They also have to pass the required licensing exams for their state.

Art Therapist
Art therapists use the creative process to improve mental well-being. Much of their work is helping patients to express themselves through art using crayons, paint, chalk, and other mediums. Their work, while having a strong creative component, is based on psychotherapeutic theories.

Art therapists must be registered and board-certified. And they typically have master’s degrees in either art therapy or psychology.

Medical Interpreter
Medical interpreters combine their knowledge of medical subject matter with their language abilities. They work to convey the complexity of healthcare procedures that can be lost in translation or misunderstood by non-native English speakers.

Medical interpreters must be fluent in their native language and second language. It also helps to have relevant healthcare industry experience. Most medical interpreter jobs can be found in large, urban areas that experience the most immigration.

Conclusion
It’s easy to get caught up in the obvious, and when it comes to healthcare professions for women, the first thing people usually think of is nursing. But even beginning your career in nursing doesn’t mean there aren’t numerous other career advancement opportunities beyond just that.

Just because you begin a healthcare career in one area, it would be wrong to assume that other options are not available. Just ask Dr. Naishu Wang, President and CEO of Alfa Scientific Designs Inc. While Dr. Wang began her career in China working as a medical doctor, she realized there are many other ways in which to help people.

“Through it all, I never lost faith in myself,” said Dr. Wang. “I realize how hard it is to switch careers mid-stream, but it’s even more difficult to make the transition in your adopted country.”

If you really have your heart set on being a physician, opening up a private practice is a great way to escape the hamster-wheel environment in most hospitals and clinics. Just don’t forget the insurance. If you’re not sure about when you’ll need business insurance upon opening a private practice, it’s important that you take extra time to learn the ins and outs of protecting yourself and your future patients.

Many of the professions on this list are likely ones you hadn’t heard of before today. However, when it comes to the healthcare sector, this is just a fraction of the different jobs that are available to women looking for a career that involves the one thing common in all health and wellness professions: a strong desire to help people.

Considering a Career in Public Relations?

Public relations is a fun and fast-paced career that often places you at the forefront of an organization or company. Public relations is a great choice for any career-minded woman and often offers the chance to take on a greater leadership role within a company or organization.

 

But what exactly is public relations? What skills does one need to succeed in this ever-changing industry? Let’s take a closer look at the field of public relations, what makes it tick, and what you should consider when deciding if a career in public relations is for you.

 

What Is Public Relations?

Public relations professionals wear many hats. First and foremost, their job is to orchestrate a positive public image for the company, organization, or person they represent. A typical day might include writing a media release, launching a diverse social media campaign, or holding a press conference, for example. It’s likely that no two days will be the same in this field, and PR professionals must always be on their toes and ready for change.

 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, public relations specialists make close to $60,000 a year on average and are typically required to have a degree in journalism, communications, public relations, English, or business. The industry is growing significantly and is expected to continue doing so, which means public relations specialists are and will be in high demand.

 

How to Excel in Public Relations

Public relations is a varied and exciting career choice. According to Norwich University, communication, cross-cultural management, flexibility, teamwork, analysis, negotiation, and autonomy are essential skills for a career in public relations. Anyone wishing to pursue a career in PR should be prepared to either bring these skills to the table or seek to develop them to gain more experience.

 

Social media is another area that’s important for public relations professionals. Since almost everyone is on social media in some form these days, having a positive social media presence is extremely important. Social media is always changing and updating, so a successful PR professional must do the same by staying up to date on the latest developments on social media and web presence.

 

An informational science background could also give you an edge when it comes to being in PR in the fields of policy or politics. There are so many industries being shaped by information science today that having that background could really put you ahead when competing for job openings.

 

Another thing that can help you succeed in public relations is knowing when to be honest and apologize when the organization or individual you’re representing is at fault. Knowing when to concede instead of deny is an important skill that the best PR professionals possess.

 

Things to Consider

When considering a career in public relations, there are a few important things to consider. Public relations experts are very much leadership-oriented, and a career in public relations could very well lead to a career path as a CEO, CFO, or similar role at the top of the chain of command.

 

Women in leadership roles have their own set of obstacles to overcome due to the prevalence of sexism and discrimination in the workplace. Some people expect to find only men in leadership positions, and women sometimes have to work twice as hard and be overqualified to land the job they’re interested in.

 

However, as more and more women take on leadership roles, the culture changes and the path for the next wave of women becomes easier and more accessible. The practice of being strong and confident in your abilities will go a long way in landing a job in public relations.

 

A career in public relations is a great choice for anyone who excels at communications, leadership, multitasking, and management. Public relations professional must always be willing to change, learn, and adapt as the industry grows with new trends and technology.

 

At its core, though, public relations is about relationships. That means people come first. If you’re a people person with great communication skills, a good grasp of social media, and strong attention to detail, you might thrive in the field of public relations.

5 Tips to Clean Up Your Resume and Land an Interview

5 Tips to Clean Up Your Resume and Land an Interview

5 Tips to Clean Up Your Resume and Land an InterviewLooking for a new job is no fun, especially in a world where the best practices for applying and following up are changing faster than you can follow.

Before you start stressing about whether or not to send a thank-you note after the interview or if it’s still encouraged to wear power colors when meeting recruiters, you have to score the invitation.

Getting offered a meeting or interview starts with your resume (or an online application, but let’s face it, they still ask you to attach a resume). Job hunting means it’s time to spice up your resume — for each and every job you’re applying for. This is not a one-size-fits-all world anymore.

Follow our advice to get your resume in tip-top shape, no matter what you’re applying for.

●     Keep It Brief

Your resume should provide the necessary information, and only the necessary information. It is better to have a clean, concise resume with less information than one cluttered with irrelevant facts. Take some time and trim the fat.

●     Use Specific, Quantifiable Examples

The first bullet point under a previous job can showcase duties and requirements, but the subsequent ones need to detail your achievements in the position. Use numbers to make accomplishments concrete and action-focused language to illustrate cause and effect.

●     Customize Everything

Yes, it’s a pain, and yes, it’s necessary. Updating the details of your resume not only makes you a more relevant candidate, but it shows attention to detail. Make sure you proofread each section as it’s updated.

●     Don’t Neglect Your Education

Even if you’re out of school and have been for years, your education is relevant. Additionally, consider any recent seminars or continuing education sessions you’ve attended, even if they weren’t labeled that way. Think outside the box.

●     Ditch the Objective Statement

When you applied for the job, you told the recruiter what your objective was; there’s no reason to take up precious resume space with something you’ll address in the cover letter. While an objective may serve you well if you’re making a vast career change, you might be better off using an alternative tactic.

Paring down all your achievements to one page can be a daunting task. If you’re having trouble deciding what to cut and what to keep, try the following: Put yourself in the hiring manager’s shoes. If you were looking to fill the position, what traits would you be looking for? Review the job posting for clues. Use the answers you come up with to guide what you include on your resume.

Even then, it may be hard to decide. If there’s something you absolutely feel the need to include, but it doesn’t have a home on your resume, utilize your cover letter. With a concise and tailored resume, you’ll have plenty of time to elaborate on your accomplishments during the interview. 

 

Avery T. Phillips is a freelance human being with too much to say. She loves nature and examining human interactions with the world. Comment or tweet her @a_taylorian with any questions or suggestions.

Outdoorswoman

Wild Women: Women In The Business Of Hunting And Fishing

OutdoorswomanMany people still think of hunting and fishing as men’s sports and hobbies. However, more and more women are getting into these pastimes that take them out into the great outdoors. Yes, there are even women in trapping and in taxidermy. In fact, there are many outlets in the world of wildlife and the great outdoors where women can work, make money, and have fun.

Use These Pro Tips to Keep Your Blog Fresh

Use These Pro Tips to Keep Your Blog Fresh

Use These Pro Tips to Keep Your Blog FreshIt’s easy to fall into a trap of repetitive business blogging. You’re juggling your other business tasks along with kids, carpools and the house and it’s hard to make enough time to find new, creative ideas.

However, the success of your blog requires you to engage your users, and they don’t want re-spun content or irrelevant tips that aren’t impactful.

To avoid posting the same boring article over and over, use these five proven ways to keep your blog content fresh and engaging.

The 2016 Women In Business & Industry

2016 Women In Business & Industry Out Today!

The 2016 Women In Business & IndustryThe 2016 edition of Women In Business & Industry is live and ready for viewing. Inside we interview Jocelyn Allen and Chandra Lewis, powerhouse CEOs of corporate PR firm The Allen Lewis Agency; how to navigate today’s fluctuating job market; venture capitalists looking for female entrepreneurs; how to prepare for the coming boom of the senior market; and more. Check it out today!

Eileen McDargh, CSP, CPAE

The Power Of Constructive Impatience – A Key To Resiliency

Eileen McDargh, CSP, CPAEFor those who abhor change of any kind, I believe there are an equal number of us who want to challenge the status quo, to move quickly and to leap ahead. Some of us might finish people’s sentences. We click “send” before we re-read our email and tap our foot while the microwave works. We have two speeds: full speed ahead and stop.

Recognize yourself in that description?

Fashionable Wearable Tech

6 Tech Gadgets for the Stylish Businesswoman

Fashionable Wearable TechWomen’s technology buying habits outpace men, according to Parks Associates. More women are playing video games, buying tablets and smartphones, and having higher purchase intentions than men. Overall, Parks Associates urges manufacturers to give women practical and social reasons to buy, and they’ll follow suit.

Salary Negotiations

What Ellen Pao Got Wrong (And Right) About Banning Salary Negotiations

Salary NegotiationsFlirting can benefit women in negotiations, according to a study by UC Berkeley Business Professor Laura Kray.

“Feminine charm,” as Kray calls it, is more about using a woman’s natural personality than making sexual come-ons. And it’s not about playing “the weaker sex.” Powerful women from former U.S. Secretary of State Madeline Albright to the female executives Kray teaches have admitted to using, and enjoying, flirtation during the negotiation process. The study finds that women’s flirtatious negotiation styles projected confidence, which may account for their increased success.

These findings seem at odds with Reddit CEO Ellen Pao’s announcement last April that the multi-billion-dollar tech-company would institute a company-wide ban on all salary negotiations. Pao’s reasoning is that men generally come out ahead of women in these negotiations. But if women are capable of negotiating successfully, as Professor Kray demonstrates, the problem may be that more of them don’t negotiate, rather than simply being poor negotiators.

Gender Equality

Equality for Women in the Workplace: Will the Problem Ever Be Solved?

Gender EqualityWomen have had to fight for their place in the world. It wasn’t until 1920 that women were even given the right to vote. There have been great historical trials for women, and even though women have gained many rights in the last century and made a place for themselves in a man’s world, women are still fighting for equality and equal opportunity in the workplace.

Stand Out From The Crowd

Stand Out in the Crowd- A Guide for Women in Business

Stand Out From The CrowdBeing a woman in the business world has not always easy.  Years of struggling for equality in the workforce have helped us gain steady ground, though, and today the face of business is a lot of feminine than it ever has been before. 

An impressive 51% of all management and professional positions are now held by women!  As women become more dominant in big business, one challenge is making yourself stand out amongst your lady peers.  What do the most successful women in business do to set themselves apart?  Read on to find out.