Working A Summer Job In Healthcare, While In High School, Has Many Career Benefits
Summer jobs provide a lot of benefits for high school students. Successfully working an entire summer season can boost a teen’s confidence and give them the opportunity to feel successful in applying for, training at, and working a job in the longer-term. Summer jobs can also teach high school students more adept time management skills, stronger working habits, earnings responsibility, budgeting, and even greater personal independence.
With many high school students currently planning for a career in healthcare, after graduation, choosing a summer job in that field can create a robust start.
Our research partner, Emsi Burning Glass, has compiled data to pinpoint the top five summer jobs for high school students in the healthcare field, for those seeking a strong career start that is also critically-current and future-ready. Let’s take a look at what the data reveals:
With targeted career prep learning during high school, and the benefits of working a summer job in healthcare, professional options are typically available for those looking to start their careers right away. So, let’s take an even closer look at each of the summer jobs on this list.
Pharmacy Technician Assistant: If you like helping others and providing support, as a part of your working role, then taking on a high school summer job as a pharmacy technician assistant could be a good fit for you. This job entails direct customer service, the ability to work well with other staff members, attention to details, excellent verbal communications skills, and working well under pressure. It can be a terrific opportunity to see the needs of the public being met by the healthcare industry.
Office/Administrative Assistant: This summer job can be an excellent option for people who enjoy the organized routines of an office, paired with the professional specialties of a healthcare setting. Administrative assistants play an important role in organizing, managing, and keeping an office running in an efficient manner. Most administrative assistants in a healthcare office setting are responsible for clerical and organizational tasks like file organizing, scheduling appointments, assisting other staff members, and drafting correspondences. Answering phone calls and talking directly with patients is also involved in this healthcare job.
Registrar/Patient Service Representative: For those who might prefer to try a summer job in either a hospital or outpatient center, this role could be a good fit. Registrars/patient service representatives manage the hospital's (or the outpatient center’s) databases, update patients' information, confirm insurance details, take phone calls, respond to patients' inquiries and concerns, schedule appointments, and perform various related administrative and clerical tasks, as needed… all in the setting of a busy hospital or medical center.
Medical Secretary: This is another summer healthcare job option that pairs well with someone who enjoys the hospital setting, along with the organizational needs that come with administrative work. Medical secretaries will typically perform secretarial duties using specific knowledge of medical terminology and hospital, clinical, and/or laboratory procedures. Duties for this role tend to include scheduling appointments, billing patients, and compiling and recording medical charts, reports, and numerous needed correspondences.
Laboratory Technician Assistant: Perhaps you see yourself more in a laboratory setting, for your future career in healthcare. If so, why not consider a summer job as a laboratory technician assistant? In this professional job, you will typically be responsible for helping with receiving, testing, analyzing, recording, and reporting results of tests with the technicians on-staff. Main duties and responsibilities often include receiving, labeling, and safely storing samples to be tested, under direct supervision.
It’s through hands-on, project-based learning, and online classes and programs, that Stride Career Prep students can develop key skills in healthcare, while also continuing their high school experience. Working on career prep now, and striving for progressive (and future-focused) healthcare skill sets while moving forward, can help students graduate and be prepared to immediately launch into rewarding careers in the professional field of healthcare.
No matter what future you choose to have, as healthcare work options come into focus, career prep courses with Stride help you begin your own journey towards success! Stride Insights also has more information about Technical Skills And Career Readiness For High School Students, too!
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