July 17, 2019 | Job Guide 360

Healthcare is one of the more lucrative industries someone can consider as a career. There is constant demand for professionals in this field, especially with an aging “boomer” population requiring increased medical care and assistance. This means opportunities for those willing to get the right training and education.

Fortunately, not all healthcare jobs require four-year degrees. Some of them can even be quite lucrative.

Dental Hygienist

This career can be quite lucrative with median income just over $70,000 in the U.S. Better yet, you only need an associate degree and appropriate state licensing to pursue this career.

Medical Lab Technician

Ever thought of testing blood for a living? It can be a comfortable living for those interested in pursuing an associate degree and who enjoy the prospect of working in a medical lab. Median income for this position is nearly $50,000 annually.

Radiation Therapist

All you need to get stated in this field is an associate degree in radiation therapy and the proper licensing in your state. For your two-year educational commitment, you can earn a median income of approximately $75,000 a year.

Registered Nurse

There are different career paths to becoming a registered nurse. One requires an associate degree while the other requires a bachelor’s degree. Associate degree nurses can still earn lucrative incomes of $65,000 or more, depending on the local market and demand for nurses.

Vocational or Practical Nurse

While not quite as lucrative or glamorous as the life of a registered nurse, a vocational nurse can be career ready in as little as one year with median salaries of $41,000. One of the great things about this position is that there is abundant room for advancement with many facilities offering to pay for advanced education of nurses.

You don’t have to spend a decade in school to earn a comfortable living in the medical field. These are only a few quick example of careers available without four years of education or more, and the lucrative compensation they offer.

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