What are health related programs that are < competitive than Nursing ? Need a career!

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Back2Nursing09

Back2Nursing09

171 Posts

Health promotion and wellness is my degree and it is NOT competitive to get into. I live in the midwest and went to school in Minnesota for my degree. I love it and can still work in a hospital etc. Competitive salaries at hospitals start around 60K per year. Hope this helps.

Oh I was actually looking into that this morning.My college has this program and it's call "Urban Health Planning." I suppose this is what you are talking about.I checked the salary and got discouraged lol....But you say the salary starts at $60,000 in hospitals ? Thats pretty awesome.

kenpochic

kenpochic

220 Posts

one of my old friends from highschool went into a x ray tech program STRAIGHT from highschool. it was a program through the local hospital. 2 yr program and now he has been an x ray tech since 02-03. i saw him two years ago and he told me he just got a raise to 43k. we live in south florida. thats not a lot of money. but its enough to support himself. you can also go back to school and specialize from what ive heard. it all comes down to do what you really want. this way your happy. if you cant get into a NS by you look for schools in another area or retake some classes to boost your gpa. there are community college nursing schools that you just finish the prereqs then you go on a waiting list

turnforthenurse, MSN, NP

Specializes in ER, progressive care. Has 7 years experience. 3,364 Posts

Radiology techs are now in high demand and make decent money (my brother is a new-grad ®RT) There are also ultrasound techs (including vascular and OB, both are seperate specialities but you can do both! My brother's fiance is doing that). I have seen EKG techs at my hospital as well as PT/OT, speech therapy and respiratory therapy is pretty popular, too. You could also become a registered dietician.

kittyn

kittyn, MSN, NP

144 Posts

Health promotion and wellness is my degree and it is NOT competitive to get into. I live in the midwest and went to school in Minnesota for my degree. I love it and can still work in a hospital etc. Competitive salaries at hospitals start around 60K per year. Hope this helps.

With that degree you obtained, what exactly is your role in the hospital environment?

chicagoing

chicagoing, ADN, RN

Has 9 years experience. 489 Posts

I just wanted to chime in to say that speech therapy is competitive, and you will need a master's degree to practice.

ImThatGuy, BSN, RN

2,139 Posts

Around here you could be come a physical therapy assistant or occupational therapy assistant with only an associate's degree and make about ten an hour more than an RN. I don't have the patience or interest to do things like that.

You could be a lab tech or rad tech with an associate's. They're probably a little less competitive. I'd imagine the PTA and OTA are more competitive, but they're avenues for you to check out if you want healthcare.

Respiratory therapy may be another option. They seem to have no trouble finding jobs.