18 healthcare jobs you can do from home•
Despite what we might think about the demands of working in the healthcare industry and the need to be present in a hospital or healthcare center everyday, healthcare now offers multiple opportunities for flexible working. Just like in other industries, technology has now made it possible for people to work from home, including care roles that you can do over-the-phone and remotely. So, if you’re looking for a role in healthcare that means you can pick up your kids from school or that simply allows you more time at home and less time spent in traffic, then check out these 18 jobs in healthcare that you can do from home.
Phone Triage Nurse
Many insurance companies and healthcare centers offer call-a-nurse services for times when patients have questions in non-emergency situations or after opening hours. This is where the Phone Triage Nurses come in. They generally consult patients over the phone regarding treatment plans or the seriousness of medical conditions, advising them as to when to take their medications and if they should go to the ER or not. To be a Phone Triage or Liaison Nurse you need a Bachelor’s degree in nursing and the relevant state licensing, but if you’ve already trained as an RN, then you should be able to make the switch relatively easily.
This is a great job if you want to work in healthcare but don’t want to to work with patients or even in a healthcare center. As a Medical Transcriptionist it’s your job to listen to recordings taken by doctors and transcribe the notes into written documents. This job involves listening for mistakes and producing comprehensive documents all of which can be done remotely in the comfort of your own home. The pay’s not bad either as the average salary for medical transcriptionists is $30,928.
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Medical Coding and Billing
Medical billers and coders are similar to medical transcriptionists, as they are also responsible for recording patient information. But, unlike Medical Transcriptionists, billers and coders act as the connection between healthcare providers, patients and insurance companies and are tasked with reading patient charts to determine medical history, including diagnoses and any treatments given to them and coordinate the billing of their insurance company. Thanks to advances in technology this can all be done at home and the good news is that coders are in high demand right now for positions both on-site and remote. The average income for billers and coders is around $40,000 a year!
If you’re a writer with medical or scientific knowledge, then you could become a medical writer for one of the many publications belonging to healthcare and insurance companies. Medical writers are tasked with taking complex scientific information and explaining it to readers in a simple way. As an established Medical Writer, the opportunities for freelance work are endless, you could write journal articles, promotional content, website copy, textbooks, etc. all from home. You could even start to establish yourself as a freelance medical writer whilst working in another role and earn some extra income while you work out if it’s the right career for you.
Insurance Claims and Customer Service
If you’ve trained as an RN but are looking to cut back on the amount of hours you need to spend at the hospital or healthcare center, then you could work for an insurance company in the Insurance Claims and Customer service teams as a ‘Patient Care Advocate’ instead. This is because many insurance companies hire nurses to help them process insurance claims and handle their customer service over the phone or online via email or chat rooms.
You might think that pharmacists need to work in pharmacies or hospitals, but that’s not the case anymore. With so many online marketplaces for medication popping up and the demand for knowledgeable pharmacists in insurance companies on the rise, pharmacists can now work from home too. Remote pharmacists can also consult patients from home and help them to work out how best to take their medication or stick to their treatment plans.
Just like other industries, healthcare needs talented recruiters to bring in new talent, especially since so many healthcare roles are in such high demand right now. If you’re a strong negotiator and enjoy working with people over the phone, then this could be the perfect role for you to do from home. This job involves working closely with HR departments and is quite often commission-based making it great for self-starters.
Case managers evaluate the clinical and psychosocial needs of a patient and help develop a treatment and care plan. They’re also on hand to answer any questions the patient might have. As the main point of contact for the patients, case managers help clients access the care and medication that they need and provide them with the right referrals. As a case manager you also have to coordinate with other care providers to ensure that they follow the treatment plan and also follow up on the results. To get into this career you need an associate degree but you have an even better chance if you have a Bachelor’s degree.
If you’re an experienced nurse with a passion for teaching and passing on the skills you’ve learned, your next job could be an educator at an accredited online university. This would involve teaching and evaluating your nursing students, giving them feedback, planning the curriculum and taking responsibility for their learning. And, since you’d be working for an online university you can work from your own home instead of in a physical university. Just be aware that Master’s degrees are often required to be able to teach from home, but if you have one then you’ll be happy to know that there are schools in every state that have an online nursing program so you’re sure to find a job that works for you.
Legal Nurse Consultant
Registered nurses are in high demand as legal consultants too! Legal nurse consultants provide liaisons between the healthcare and legal industry and assist legal professionals in reading and understanding crucial evidence such as a medical chart or complex medical cases. To work as a legal nurse consultant you need to be able to a number of different tasks including identifying standards of care, reviewing medical records, or summarizing a patient’s illness or injury. It can be a really rewarding job too, as you can help the courts and legal professionals to better understand those who might otherwise be let down by the legal system.
Quality Management Nurse Consultant
If you’re a qualified nurse who doesn’t want to work with patients anymore, then you could try your hand at quality management instead. As a quality management consultant you would be in charge of reviewing data and providing recommendations in relation to risk, patient safety, and infection prevention. You would also be involved in risk management and offer suggestions to improve the safety of the hospital based on your observations. This role can be done from home but with a number of site visits and close cooperation with the on-site teams.
Consulting or Traveling Physician
This is a great job for any physicians who want to work from home. As a consulting or traveling physician you can use your experience and degree to find jobs teaching online, reviewing or writing medical content, or even practicing online or over the phone. You should definitely look for roles with insurance and research companies as they both hire physicians for a variety of nonclinical positions that can be done remotely.
Medical illustrators very often work on a contract basis from home. Medical illustrators are professional artists who usually have advanced education in both the life sciences and visual communication. As a medical illustrator it’s your job to collaborate with scientists, physicians, and other specialists, to transform complex information into images, 2D or 3D, which can be used to communicate complex procedures or medical conditions to a range of different audiences. Your illustrations could be used for educational or promotional purposes and so could be used in textbooks, presentations, websites, magazines or brochures.
Speech Language Pathologist
A speech-language pathologist is another example of a specialist who can work at home or travel around. If you enjoy the art of communication and helping others communicate then this could be the perfect role for you. SLP help patients who have problems related to their speech, language, and/or voice. You will need a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and you need to pass the Speech-Language Pathology Praxis exam, and complete a number of supervised clinical hours. But, once you’ve done that, you could make around $76,61, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics!
Psychologist / Therapist
If you’re used to working with patients with psychological problems then you probably already know that you don’t necessarily have to be in a hospital environment to work with them. In fact, many patients probably feel more at ease in their own homes or outside of medical environments. As a psychologist or therapist, it’s your job to analyze your patients’ needs through talk therapy, and this can take place almost anywhere. You could set yourself up with a consultation room in your home, or work remotely for a bigger healthcare company. You could provide counselling over the phone, or you could consult larger healthcare providers on how to offer the best treatment plans. Most therapists have advanced degrees, so you probably need to hold a Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy) or a Psy.D (Doctor of Psychology), depending on the program of study, which must be accredited by the American Psychological Association. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for a psychologist is $77,030, not bad for a job you can do at home!
Increasing numbers of women are choosing to have their babies at home right now, which means that the demand for certified midwives is on the rise. As a midwife you assist expecting mothers with everything from prenatal care and delivery to routine exams and other aspects of maternal health. Whilst you can do the routine paperwork and planning for this job at home you will have to visit your patients at their homes and will also have to be on call at all hours. If you’re a registered nurse already, then you will need to obtain a master’s degree and certification in midwifery to make this career change. But, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for a nurse midwife is $103,640, so it could be a great career swap for you!
If working as a midwife sounds like a good fit for you but you don’t want to spend years earning a nursing degree, then you could look into becoming a doula. Doulas provide one-on-one support to laboring women, but they don’t provide clinical care so they don’t require as much schooling as a midwife. Just like jobs in midwifery, you will have to travel around and visit your patients at home and you’ll be on-call 24 hours a day, but you can do a lot of the paperwork and planning at home.
And, last but not least, we have occupational therapists! Much like working in midwifery or as a doula, a career in occupational therapy usually means visiting patients outside of a clinical setting and helping them to readjust after illness or injury. You will need a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy and you have to pass the exam administered by the Board of Occupational Therapy, which will be worth it if you consider that the median wage for an occupational therapist is $83,200 and you can do it from home!
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