7 unusual jobs in healthcare that pay really well

Susanna Kahr

Healthcare is a diverse industry with many different types of jobs. Just think about the daily running of a hospital, healthcare center or care home, there are so many people that are required to make sure every condition is diagnosed properly, the right medication is prescribed and everyone is fed well. This means that, when it comes to healthcare, if you can dream it someone likely does that as a job, plus you could get paid surprisingly well in roles that don’t require a college degree. Check out our top 7 unusual jobs in healthcare and start applying today.  

1. Wound-Care Specialist

If you’re a big fan of ER, are OK with blood and the thought of looking after big, often nasty injuries, then the role of Wound Care Specialist could be the one for you. Wound care specialists are healthcare professionals who are trained in the care and treatment of all types of wounds, both acute and chronic. Wound care specialists treat a lot of wounds that are sustained from acute injuries along with surgical and diabetic wounds and pressure and bed sores. And, you will be well compensated for your efforts. According to PayScale.com wound care physicians make about $500 to $700 a day and anywhere from $42,000 to $81,000 a year.

Allina Health is currently looking for Wound Care specialists for its Wound Clinic in Minneapolis

2. Health Information Technician

Healthcare records are no longer kept in endless folders and filing cabinets but on computers and hard drives instead. These records keep hospitals, clinics, surgeries, and other care facilities up and running by providing healthcare professionals with detailed information about every single one of their patients. And that’s where Health Information Technicians come in. These IT professionals are increasingly in demand in healthcare as hospitals and other facilities need someone to organize and manage vast amounts of sensitive data whilst ensuring total compliance with the relevant regulations and laws. The good news is, you can train to become a Health Information Technician in just 18 months with an Associate’s degree. Many of the courses also offer a mix of school/based and on-the-job learning so you can get the experience you need whilst learning everything you need to pass your exams. What’s more, once you’ve qualified you could earn up to $38,040 a year!

Mercy Health is currently hiring Health Info Svc Technicians in Joplin, Missouri.

3. Ultrasound Technician

If you’re looking for a healthcare job that is more laid back but paid well, then you should definitely consider the role of Ultrasound Technician. This job requires a totally different skill set to other healthcare jobs. You’ll need an Associate’s degree, diploma or certificate and study for one to two years for the qualifications you need to handle ultrasound equipment. You can also train on-the-job, so you can get to grips with everything before you start working. Not only will you be the one who helps expecting parents to hear their baby’s heartbeat for the first time, you can also take home an annual salary of around $70,880.

HCA Healthcare is hiring Ultrasound Technicians in Kansas City, Missouri.

4. Pharmacist

Another great job within healthcare that can also be more relaxed but equally rewarding is the role of the Pharmacist. Licensed pharmacists are responsible for providing prescription medications to patients and providing instructions on how to use these prescriptions in the safest, most effective way. Sometimes, pharmacists are also responsible for advising patients on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and are often responsible for conducting various screenings, and administering vaccinations. To be a Pharmacist you need a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.), which is a 4-year professional degree and you need to pass two exams to become licensed. But, you will be rewarded for your efforts as the average salary for a pharmacist is currently set at $126,120 and is expected to rise by 6% by 2026.

Adventist Health is currently hiring Pharmacists in California.

5. Medical Filmmakers and Illustrators

Are you artistic but also able to make technical drawings or films? Then you could become a medical filmmaker or illustrator. Both of these roles involve creating drawings or video material that uses diagrams of procedures and organs etc. to help train the next generation of healthcare professionals. Right now, the average salary for a medical illustrator or medical animator is between $62,000 and $100,000 a year. Supervisors can also earn anywhere from $85,000 to $175,000. What’s more, you could even go freelance in this job meaning you could work for a range of different places from the comfort of your home.

Salk Institute for Biological Studies is currently looking for Scientific Illustrators in Southern California.

6. Food Services Manager

This might seem like an unusual job in the medical world – but all those patients, physicians, nurses and technicians have got to eat so every hospital or healthcare facility needs a good Food Services Manager. You don’t need a degree for this job, you can get the qualifications you need at any community college, with a program in institutional food service management. Once qualified you will be expected to work closely with nutritionists and dieticians to come up with healthy menus, whilst meeting the specific dietary needs of individual patients. You’ll be responsible for placing bulk orders for food and equipment, training a team of staff and making sure that you and your team are fully compliant with all the relevant health and safety legislation. The great news is that this job is surprisingly well paid! You could get an average annual salary of $48,560. And, with 5% job growth predicted in this sector, you should be able to find a job relatively easily once you’re qualified!

New York Presbyterian Hospital is hiring Food Service Managers.

7. Anesthesia Technician

There’s never been a better time to consider becoming an Anesthesia Technician! According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the demand for qualified Anesthesia Technicians is set to rise by 15% over the next decade. This unusual, but exciting role involves working in a team of anesthesiologists to prepare the medical equipment and various gases used to administer anesthesia to patients before they undergo surgeries and other medical procedures. You’ll learn how to use, fix and calibrate the complex equipment, how to check that patients are safely sedated, and how to monitor them throughout surgery to ensure they don’t wake up too early. To become an Anesthesia Technician you’ll need to take training in operating theatre procedures, basic pharmacology, and anesthesia equipment but you don’t need extensive qualifications to qualify to take this extra training just a high school diploma or a GED. You can also become certified to prove your credentials which can be granted by the American Society of Anesthesia Technologists and Technicians after two years of work experience. The average salary for an Anesthesia Technician in the United States is $41,096 as of May 31, 2019, but you could be looking at earning anything between $36,457 and $47,077 a year.

Massachusetts General Hospital is currently hiring Anesthesia Technicians in Boston.


Are you looking for a new job in healthcare? Check out our list of 15 healthcare companies that are hiring right now, or if you’re looking to get into the industry, find out which jobs are the easiest to get into.



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