The 5 Best Healthcare Jobs That Don’t Require a Degree


In January, U.S. News & World Report released their annual rankings of the 100 Best Jobs, and healthcare positions dominated the list, with nearly half of the jobs ranked being in the industry, including seven of the top ten. Though many of the highly ranked healthcare jobs, like Physician Assistants (#1), Nurse Practitioners (#3), and Physicians (#5), require a high level of education, there are still plenty of jobs on the list that do not require a degree, and offer great salaries, strong job growth, excellent work-life balance, and low stress. If you are looking for a career in healthcare and do not want to be saddled with student loan debt, consider these five degree-free “best” jobs.

Home Health Aide

Median Salary: $25,280
Education Required: High School
100 Best Jobs Ranking: #28 (Tie)
Best Jobs Overall Score: 6.8 out of 10
Best Jobs Score Breakdown: Salary – 4/10; Job Market – 6/10; Future Growth – 10/10; Stress – 4/10; Work Life Balance – 4/10
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Personal Care Aide

Median Salary: $25,280
Education Required: High School
100 Best Jobs Ranking: #28 (Tie)
Best Jobs Overall Score: 6.8 out of 10
Best Jobs Score Breakdown: Salary – 4/10; Job Market – 6/10; Future Growth – 10/10; Stress – 4/10; Work Life Balance – 4/10
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Phlebotomist

Median Salary: $35,510
Education Required: Postsecondary Nondegree Award
100 Best Jobs Ranking: #40
Best Jobs Overall Score: 6.6 out of 10
Best Jobs Score Breakdown: Salary – 4.7/10; Job Market – 10/10; Future Growth – 9/10; Stress – 4/10; Work Life Balance – 6/10
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Massage Therapist

Median Salary: $42,820
Education Required: Postsecondary Nondegree Award
100 Best Jobs Ranking: #58
Best Jobs Overall Score: 6.5 out of 10
Best Jobs Score Breakdown: Salary – 5.2/10; Job Market – 8/10; Future Growth – 4/10; Stress – 8/10; Work Life Balance – 8/10
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Medical Assistant

Median Salary: $34,800
Education Required: Postsecondary Nondegree Award
100 Best Jobs Ranking: #61
Best Jobs Overall Score: 6.4 out of 10
Best Jobs Score Breakdown: Salary – 4.7/10; Job Market – 8/10; Future Growth – 8/10; Stress – 6/10; Work Life Balance – 4/10
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Disclaimer: The viewpoint expressed in this article is the opinion of the author and is not necessarily the viewpoint of the owners or employees at Healthcare Staffing Innovations, LLC.

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