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Health care is well known for being a ‘round-the-clock industry, full of days-long shifts that run at an adrenaline-fueled pace. But with a number of part-time job opportunities up for grabs, health care also offers employee flexibility and can be a dependable source of extra income. Whether you want to care for patients on a less-intense schedule, or are looking to earn a solid paycheck on a regular basis, these seven health care careers offer rewarding part-time jobs.
- Physician assistant – Acting as part of a doctor’s support staff, physician assistants work in teams to examine, diagnose, and treat patients. They may serve in hospitals, specialized surgical settings, and clinics. Part-time physician assistants are needed to cover vacation or weekend shifts or on a per diem basis.
- Physical therapist – When illness, injury, or simply old age causes a patient’s mobility or strength to suffer, physical therapists (PTs) are there to treat them. Part-time physical therapists may work in rehabilitation centers, through home health services, or at clinics.
- Occupational therapist – Using therapeutic movements, occupational therapists (OTs) treat patients with physical or mental conditions that interfere with their ability to perform everyday activities. Part-time OTs may work in rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, home health services, hospitals, and schools.
- Registered nurse – Just like their full-time colleagues, part-time nurses provide direct care in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, clinics, and specialty wards. Part-time nurses are also needed during ambulatory surgery, and labor and delivery. Front-line nurses, in particular, are in high demand, says Todd Spohn, director of health care at Talent Plus, a human resources consulting firm in Lincoln, Nebraska, and even entry-level nurses will find plenty of opportunities.
- Radiologic technician – People in this position use X-ray machines and other imaging technologies for diagnosing injuries or illnesses. Part-time technicians are needed at clinics; weekend shifts may also be available.
- Mental health counselor – When mental and emotional disorders interfere with a person’s quality of life, mental health counselors use talk therapy as treatment. They may work in private practice, through public or private mental health services, or in residential services. Part-time mental health counselors are often needed to help cover weekend shifts.
- Home health aide – Home health aides work with people who have physical disabilities or cognitive issues or who are recovering from an illness and may assist with daily living activities. Part-time home health aides may cover overnight or vacation shifts in assisted-living facilities or home health services. Opportunities in home health are “endless,” Spohn says, and demand is only going to grow in the next five to 10 years as the population continues to age.
If you are looking for a part-time healthcare job right now, contact our team at Kupplin Worldwide.
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