Bees in Healthcare that ARENT nurses..

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

My husband works in healthcare IT at a major east coast hospital (he works remotely). He’s a manager for online records and makes in the low $100k range. He has a BS in computer engineering and a BS in nursing (most people he works with just have the computer degree, though).

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

oh man, combining IT and healthcare??? That’s ridiculously lucrative. Good for your hubby!

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@soontobemrsm11:  You make about 20% more if you aren’t working for a non-profit healthcare provider like him, though. IT (so long as you aren’t the fix-it office IT guy) is ridiculously high paying. He’ll probably look for something that isn’t non-profit once we have a kid – $100k a year in San Fran is definitely not like making $100k most other places!

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2013

Im training to be a doctor.

Im in the UK so by the time I become US equivalent of a resident ill have been at university for 6 years doing my medical degree, done 2 years as a foundation doctor earning about £25,000 a year. After that I plan on going into family medicine, its 9-5 and in th community not hospital. I will then do 4 years on a GP training program. After that ill be fully qualified and I can either work as a salaried GP earning between £40,000 – £120,000. I could also become partner in the Practise and would earn whatever the surgery makes. If I decide to do paediatrics or O&G then I’m looking at a 9 year training program after I’ve done my 2 foundation years. During which time ill be treated like crap, worked half to death all hours and for £50,000. once you are a consultant your wage can be huge + private work, but I know the average is £70,000. 

i have no idea what private doctors earn – that’s all NHS. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

i’m a dental hygienist, by trade. but i only do it as a temp currently because i wanted more stability. so i have a 9-5 office job i really like and work occassional saturdays for my old office. when i’m working full time in hygiene, it pays really well. the lowest i’ve ever made is $30/hr. when i lived in another province i was working probably about 30 hours a week and making $40/hr. so life was pretty good. unfortunately, at most dental offices if you don’t have a patient (cancellations, no shows, etc), you don’t make your hourly wage. some offices will pay you to do administrative stuff but it’s usually about half of your normal hygiene wage. the industry where i live is insanely saturated so i would never recommend that anyone get into it now. but it might be different in the US. it’s a really great job, especially if you want to be a mom one day. i just didn’t like how hygienists were being treated due to the saturation of the market.

i went to a public college for a 2.5 year hygiene diploma. it was really competitive to get into and VERY difficult to complete. they tell you at orientation that you likely won’t be able to keep a job while in school because it is a really demanding program.

the nice thing about dental hygiene is there are a lot of different avenues you can pursue if you don’t want to work in a clinical setting – i always thought i might one day get my degree (three universities in Canada offer Bachelor of Sciences in Dental Hygiene) and become an instructor. You can also do research, work in a hospital setting, organize volunteer programs, work in native reserves, work in sales… looots of options!

 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I live in Canada so i’m probably not much help to you. I’m a unit clerk/medical secretary. I make about 62,000/yr before tax. There isn’t a lot of option for moving up and we’re all union so there isn’t any incentive for ‘greatness’

I went to college for my unit clerk certificate and was about $6500 for a three month fast track course. We did our practicum within the hospital and it was a month of working shifts. Following school the chances of a full time job (in Calgary) are pretty much zero. A part time evening/night job is about all you’ll find and that’s if you can get past the hiring freeze.  I was promoted to Medical Secretary because of how good I am at my job, most unit clerks are stuck working shifts forever. I have a nice office and work for 5 doctors and the research division.

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

FI is in school to be a Respiratory Therapist. Awesome program, well-regarded, lots of job opportunities, but no one knows about it (around here, anyway). Median salary is about $50k, but it depends on where you work!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I’m a registered dietitian and I believe median salary would be about $50k.

i completed a bachelors in science then went onto a 1 year internship (900 hours of supervised study). After that you need to pass a national registration exam to become a RD

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Well I work on the insurance side of healthcare,  and it really depends on what you do for my co for how much you get paid. I am on the lower end of the specturm, but know you can get paid quite well where I work.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I’m currently in school to be a Pharmacy Tech. The median salary for a pharm tech is $32,000 where I live, a little more if you’re in radiopharmaceuticals, which is where I intend to work. 

After this, I plan to finish my bachelors in biomedical science and get my masters degree. I think the median salary for that is $50,000 fresh out of college (with a BS only), but it’s been a while since I’ve done the research on that. Statistics are a bit skewed because there aren’t a lot of biomedical scientists in my area. 

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

I am an IT Specialist at a health clinic. I make about $40K, which is probably pretty high in my area because we are a small community. I went to school for web devlopment and design, which was a 2 year degree for me.

I always compare my degree and my job to being a surgeon versus a nurse. Even though it is in the same field, a nurse more than likely wouldn’t be able to do a surgeon’s job (and visa versa I am finding because nurse’s do a LOT of the doctors). With my job I knew hardly anything about it because my degree is so different.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I have friends that are physical therapists, occupational therapists, respiratory therapists, genetic counselors, and pharmacists as well as lots of people I know in  IT and informatics.  There are lots of really interesting career options!

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@vorpalette:  I just got accepted to a program for RT and will start in January.  I am so excited.  Median salary in my area is $65K.

Post # 16
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@NovaRising:  CONGRATS! It’s such an understated program (most people in our area have never heard of it), but something that hospitals and other healthcare offices really need. Apparently the median here is $61k, according to a different site (and on yet another, it says $55k in 2010, haha). Point being, you can make really good money from a 2-year program. 

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