5 Healthcare Careers for the Work-at-Home Woman

5 Work at Home Healthcare Careers By Steve Gingrich

Not so long ago, in the days before the World Wide Web, people had to actually go to work. They got dressed in the morning, fed their children and pets, rode the train or drove a car and clocked in for a productive day in the work environment – and many still do. But with the help of the Internet, telecommuting from home is becoming reality for lots of people.

Medical careers are no exception; this industry now offers options for people who would rather not commute to the office every day. If you’ve never considered a medical career because hospitals and doctors’ offices aren’t your thing, take heart: There are many opportunities in the lucrative world of health that you can take advantage of from your own home or from the home of your patients.

Speech Language Pathologist

A speech language pathologist is one example of a specialist who can work out of her own home or in other homes. If you enjoy the art of communication and helping others communicate, consider this option. SLPs help patients with difficulties pertaining to speech, language and voice. They also work with cognitive components such as attention and memory.

Educational Requirements:

Requirements include a master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology and passing the Speech Language Pathology praxis exam, as well as supervised clinical hours.

Medical Coding Manager

With a working computer and the right software, you could work from home as a medical coding manager. Medical coders are the folks who review the diagnosis records from physicians, nurses and other health professionals and translate them into the code necessary to file insurance claims. One reason this career is growing rapidly is because there currently is a shortage of qualified coders.

Educational Requirements:

You don’t need a bachelor’s or master’s degree to become a medical coder, though they are certainly encouraged. You’ll still have to take various medical coding courses and successfully pass the Certified Medical Coder exam.

Psychologist / Therapist

In many cases, you don’t have to be in a hospital environment to work with patients who have psychological disorders. In fact, patients may feel more at ease outside of a medical facility. Psychologists often analyze patients through talk therapy, which can take place anywhere.

Educational Requirements:

Most therapists have earned advanced degrees. They may 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.

Midwifery

Because increasing numbers of women are electing to have their babies at home, the demand for certified midwives is rising. A midwife assists with everything from prenatal care and delivery to routine exams and other aspects of feminine health. It’s necessary in this profession to visit the homes of your patients – but you won’t have to work in a hospital or a doctor’s office.

Educational Requirements:

Midwives are typically experienced registered nurses who obtain a master’s degree and certification in midwifery.

Occupational Therapist

Much like a career in midwifery, a career in occupational therapy means visiting patients outside of a clinical setting and helping them readjust after illness or injury. Occupational therapy’s history can be traced to 1910, when a group of OTs argued that a patient’s well-being is connected to social and economic factors in addition to physiological factors.

Educational Requirements:

You will need a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. OTs also have to pass the exam administered by the Board of Occupational Therapy.

When most people think about a career in the medical industry, a maze of hallways inside of a hospital or a doctor’s waiting room might initially come to mind. However, there are options for those who would like a career in medicine that allows them to work outside the clinical environment.

As the world population continues to grow and the demand for health professionals continues to increase, it’s certain that health care services administered outside the walls of hospitals, clinics and doctors’ offices will become increasingly common.

Steve Gingrich is a brand manager for CompHealth, supporting their 3 Allied Staffing and Placement divisions and the occupational therapy jobs division. He loves contributing to the blog and social media outlets as his side gig, and has worked for CHG Healthcare since 2010.

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