10 healthcare jobs for people who don’t like people

Susanna Kahr

Working in any job that involves working with people can really make you hate people sometimes. Patient-facing roles aren’t for everyone. Some of us just feel happier with our headphones in working on more administrative or IT based tasks that require minimal human interaction. We get it. Lucky for you, there are so many jobs in the healthcare industry that have with zero contact with patients, that’s right, zero! Just read on to find the perfect healthcare job for you. 

Medical Transcriptionist

This is a great job if you want to work in healthcare but not have to work with patients. As a Medical Transcriptionist your job is to listen to recordings taken by doctors and transcribe the notes into written documents. 

As a Medical Transcriptionist, you’re responsible for listening for any mistakes and producing comprehensive documents. The good news is that this job can also be done remotely, so if the idea of sitting in an open plan office every day is not for you, then you can also do this in the comfort of your very own home office. The pay’s not bad either as the average salary for medical transcriptionists is $30,928. 

Antech Diagnostics is currently hiring Medical Transcriptionists so get your application in. 

Medical Billing and Coding

Medical billers and coders are similar to medical transcriptionists, as they also have to record patient information for the healthcare industry. Both billers and coders play a vital role as they are the connection between healthcare providers, patients and insurance companies. 

As a medical biller and coder, your job is to read patient charts to determine medical history, including diagnoses and any treatments given to them. You’ll use a set of established medical codes, based on the charts, to transcribe patient history into “shorthand” so that this can be processed and used by both health care providers and insurance companies. In order for claims to be paid, they have to be correctly coded into ICD-11, the current code used to track patient diagnoses and treatments which stands for “International Classification of Diseases” and this has some 68,000 code sequences!

While most medical billers and coders work on-site in hospitals and healthcare centers, they don’t work usually work in areas where there is a lot of interaction with patients. You will need to work with physicians and assistants sometimes, but mostly you’ll be left to your work and in some cases you can also work from home and/or be self-employed. Here are three very common roles within medical coding and billing:

Billing specialists who are responsible for processing medical bills and communicating with insurance agencies or other payers to make sure claims are paid.

Medical billers and coders who are similar to billing specialists, but are also responsible for coding patient information. 

Medical insurance verifiers who handle patient claims in relation to insurance companies. Medical Insurance Verifiers make sure claims are coded correctly and communicate with insurance companies to make sure claims are paid. 

Why not apply to be a Medical Biller with Christus Health. You can read 245 reviews from former employees here on kununu! 

Medical Equipment Repairer

If you like working with technical equipment rather than patients, then you should consider becoming a medical equipment repairer. Medical equipment repairers, also known as biomedical equipment technicians (BMETs), repair a wide range of electronic, electromechanical, and hydraulic equipment used in hospitals and health practitioners’ offices. They may work on patient monitors, defibrillators, ventilators, anesthesia machines, and other life-supporting equipment. They also may work on medical imaging equipment (x rays, CAT scanners, and ultrasound equipment), voice-controlled operating tables, and electric wheelchairs. 

This could be a great career move for you, as the need for medical equipment repairers is expected to grow in the next few years and the average salary in 2018 was $49,210. First, you’ll need a degree in biomedical technology or engineering but once you’ve got that, you can rest assured knowing that you will only have to work with machines and not people. 

There’s an open position for a Healthcare Technician at Mayo Clinic, which is one of our top healthcare employers, but don’t take our word for it, why not have a look at the reviews left my former employees? That way you can decide whether this is the right job for you.  

Medical Technologists and Technicians

Unlike other jobs in healthcare, these jobs are perfect for the introverts amongst you, because there is no direct patient contact at all. To be either a Medical Technologist or Technician you will need an associate’s degree or a bachelor’s degree in medical technology or another related discipline such as life sciences or clinical laboratory science. 

The difference between Medical Technologists and Medical Laboratory Technicians is the complexity of tests performed, the level of judgment needed, and the amount of responsibility each has, so there is opportunity for advancement in this career. 

The good news is that these jobs mainly involve working in a laboratory, and you won’t find any patients there. Your duties depend on your specialization, but will most likely include analyzing biological samples such as blood or urine, using sophisticated equipment, and then recording data and reporting your findings to a relevant medical professional. For this, you can expect to be paid an average salary of $53,113! 

We’ve found an open Medical Technologist job at the University of Utah Health Center that you can apply for. Just make sure to check out the reviews left by former employees on our site before you apply. 

Health Information Technology

IT, just like in so many other industries, plays a big role in healthcare, especially when it comes to providing quality patient care and efficient healthcare administration. Working in healthcare IT means that you are responsible for installing and maintaining electronic health record systems, working as part of an internal IT team and providing technical support to employees throughout a healthcare facility, amongst other things. Here are three typical jobs in health IT: 

Clinical documentation specialists who are responsible for managing patient information. This information is stored in Electronic Medical Records, or EMRs so this job involves helping to maintain these EMRs, ensuring their accuracy and making sure that providers can quickly and easily access the information while treating patients.

Document imaging technicians who are mainly responsible for creating electronic documents out of physical ones. Since the healthcare industry made a massive shift into EMRs in recent years, this means that there are still files that need to be converted. In this role, you’ll probably also be responsible for keeping EMRs organized and catalogued.

Health information clerks help to manage and maintain EMRs, check them for accuracy and provide immediate access to physicians and providers alike. 

Right now, there is high industry demand for IT jobs in healthcare which means that there are competitive salaries and benefits on offer for this non-patient facing role. Healthcare IT executives earn an average salary of $127,500. And, both healthcare and technology are growing, which means you’ll be able to take on jobs in both in the future. 

Why not apply to work as an IT Support Specialist at Centria Health

Healthcare Management

Healthcare Management is a great choice if you’d like to work with healthcare professionals and patients but not be responsible for patient care. To become a healthcare manager, you should have a master’s degree in healthcare management, health administration or public health.

Working in Healthcare Management means managing the way that healthcare is delivered and ensuring a healthcare facility is running as it should in terms of budget, the goals of the facility’s practitioners and the needs of the community. As a Healthcare Manager you are responsible for overseeing all operations including human resources, finance and marketing within the healthcare system and overseeing the day-to-day operations of the facility. These roles pay well too, as according to a July 2018 wage report by PayScale, healthcare managers earned an average annual salary of $60,096 with salaries ranging from $32,479 to $94,855.

Why not get started by applying to be a Manager of Facilities at Wakemed?

Healthcare technology and systems

Working in Healthcare Technology and Systems means focusing on all of the healthcare software, programs and technology used in the healthcare industry. And, if you don’t like people these roles are perfect as they generally mean little to no contact with people. You could work in any one of these roles: 

Help desk analysts who troubleshoot IT issues within a healthcare center or hospital and identify issues and providing solutions to employees in person, via email or over the telephone.

Medical software technicians help healthcare offices and organizations manage their software by installing and maintaining the programs.

Application support specialists who help employees whilst using applications and programs within a healthcare center or hsp. This is similar to a help desk position; application support specialists provide IT assistance and troubleshoot issues.

You could work as a Systems Administrator for UNC Health

Medical administrative assistant

If scheduling appointments, answering phones, and handling other day-to-day medical office administrative tasks sounds good to you, then you could become a Medical Administrative Assistant. Although this job can require looking after the front desk and therefore speaking to people, you wouldn’t be responsible for patient care. 

Medical administrative assistants, also known as medical secretaries, perform administrative functions for a hospital or clinic. They can work in a variety of roles and locations with job titles ranging from unit secretary or medical office assistant to patient coordinator or admissions coordinator.

As a medical administrative assistant you are responsible for checking in patients, scheduling appointments, compiling medical records and charts, processing insurance payments, transferring lab results to the right physicians and maintaining the front desk. And, the best part is that most medical administrative assistant jobs range from $25-36,000 and don’t even require a degree. Check out our other jobs in healthcare that you don’t need a degree for. 

We’ve found a great Administrative Associate role at Boston Children’s Hospital, here’s what it’s like to work there according to real employees. 

Occupational Health and Safety Specialist and Technicians

Keeping up workplace health and safety standards is an important job for all organizations, especially healthcare centers and hospitals. As an occupational health and safety professional you are responsible for everything related to workplace health and safety, for which you can be paid a great average salary of $48,000. All you need is a Bachelor’s degree occupational health and safety or in a related scientific or technical field, and a passion for health and safety, of course. 

So, if you think that you could spend every day collecting and analyzing data across a variety of work environments, helping your healthcare employer to meet industry standards and regulations and make recommendations, this could be the job for you. What’s more, positions in the field of Occupational Health and Safety Technology are expected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, so you’ll be able to find a job in the coming years. 

Eastern Research Group is hiring Occupational Health and Safety Specialists! 

Biomedical Engineer

Biomedical engineering also known as bioengineering, BioMed and BME has been called “The High-Paying, Low-Stress STEM Job You Probably Haven’t Considered” by Forbes. Biomedical engineers are responsible for analyzing and designing solutions in healthcare using principles from engineering and medicine and science. As a biomedical engineers you could be responsible for making artificial organs, surgical robots, advanced prosthetics and more, all with minimal interaction with people!

In order to become a Biomedical Engineer, you will need to study an undergraduate degree in a relevant field, such as: Biomedical Science or Engineering, Electrical or Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Physics and then most biomedical engineers also study a Masters or PhD in Biomedical Engineering. For your trouble, you could earn an average salary of $53,000 or even up to $72,944. So, what are you waiting for?

There’s even a Biomedical engineer role open at kununu’s top healthcare employerMassachusetts General Hospital!

 

Interested in changing location? Check out our article about what it’s like to work at Boston Children’s Hospital according to their employees and find out if it’s worth applying!

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