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5 Healthcare Careers You Can Train for In A Year or Less



Have you been considering a career in healthcare, but been put off by the amount of time that the training takes? If so, these career paths may be the thing for you! They will all allow you to work in the medical field, helping patients and doing analytical work, and get you into your job in one year or less so you can get started!

Phlebotomy Technician

Phlebotomy Technicians (or Phlebotomists) draw blood from patients and prepare it for testing in the lab. Phlebotomy certification and be obtained in between 2-6 months, and the training is mostly hands-on. The average Phlebotomist will earn around $31,425 per year, dependent on the state and the level of experience.

Many people use Phlebotomy as a starting point for other careers, as it’s a great way to get hands-on experience in the field.


If you hold a bachelor’s degree, then you could gain an ABSN (Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing) in a year, which will give you the qualifications and the experience to allow you to begin working as a nurse straight away.

The top ABSN programs will allow you to choose from a range of specialisms, and support you to study online, meaning that you can shape your career into one that is right for you even if you have commitments that make it difficult to attend a full-time brick and mortar college.

Salaries for nurses differ from state to state, but on average nurses earned $73,300 per year in 2019.

Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy Technicians work under the direction of a qualified pharmacist, filling prescriptions, and performing inventory. They also work with patients and their insurance companies to help patients to get the right medications.

Qualifying as a pharmacy technician takes between three and nine months of quite intensive on the job training, and when you qualify, you will earn a median salary of $32,700.

Surgical Technologist

Surgical Technologists support the surgery team as they operate on patients. It is a surgical technologist’s responsibility to maintain stock levels and sterilize surgery equipment, prepare the operating room for upcoming surgeries, order and take inventory of supplies and keep a record of procedures and sterilize equipment and hand it to the surgeon upon their request.

You can qualify as a surgical technologist in just over a year with the right training program, although some do take up to two years.

The median salary for Surgical Technologists is $47,300, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics has listed the occupation as one with a ‘bright future,’ as are a lot of healthcare careers.

Medical Assistant

Medical Assistants have varied roles, depending on where they are employed. They can carry out both clinical and clerical work, in a variety of healthcare settings. MA training generally takes around a year and covers both lab techniques and diagnostic procedures, as well as office practice, patient confidentiality, and record keeping.

In 2019 the average salary for a medical assistant was $34,800, according to the BLS.