8 non-clinical healthcare jobs and salaries

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8 non-clinical healthcare jobs and salaries

Healthcare jobs go far beyond direct patient care.

If you want to work in healthcare, but don’t necessarily want to work in a clinical setting delivering direct patient care, there are a number of non-clinical healthcare jobs you can choose from. Here are eight non-clinical healthcare jobs, the salary range you can expect to make, and the cities with the highest reported average salaries.

Quality improvement coordinator (RN)

The role of a quality improvement coordinator is to manage and coordinate a healthcare team and to handle much of the administrative tasks that come with running a healthcare facility. The main goals of a QI coordinator are to develop and implement processes to improve and maintain patient care quality and standards.

QI coordinators are also responsible for looking at data to save money, while also ensuring a high level of patient care. You will need a bachelor’s degree and a registered nurse licensure before becoming a QI coordinator, and some roles may require a master’s degree.

According to PayScale, the average salary for a Quality Improvement Coordinator (RN) is $66,745 per year, with a reported range of $49,454 to $88,196 per year. QI Coordinators in Los Angeles, CA make the highest average salary of $83,000 per. Philadelphia, PA and Dallas, TX falling right behind with average salaries of $73,000 and $72,000 per year, respectively.

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Healthcare risk management manager

Healthcare risk managers are responsible for overseeing and minimizing errors, accidents, or anything that could prompt a malpractice suit. You will need a strong understanding of health policies and procedures in order to help minimize risk and liabilities. You will organize and implement staff training to ensure that proper patient care and safety measures are understood and met.

Part of the job also requires you to field any concerns from patients regarding their care and comply with any state and federal regulatory requirements. In order to become a healthcare risk manager, you will need at least a bachelor’s degree in nursing, and some jobs may require as a master’s degree as well, according to Jacksonville University.

According to PayScale, the average salary for a Healthcare Risk Management Manager is $73,272, with a reported salary range of $42,815 to $103,808 per year. While there isn’t data for healthcare risk managers, the average (non-healthcare) risk manager makes the most money in New York, NY, with a reported average salary of $121,000 per year. Columbus, OH is next, with an average reported salary of $110,000 per year. While it isn’t the exact same role as a healthcare risk management manager, a risk manager has similar duties.

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Certified diabetes educator (CDE)

A Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) is a certified diabetic specialist who is responsible for educating diabetic patients on dietary needs, restrictions, and the overall health.

Most CDEs must be a registered nurse and hold a Commission on Dietetic Registration certification. You will also need a bachelor’s degree in nursing or nutrition, while some roles might require as much as a master’s degree in these fields.

The main duties of a CDE are to counsel patients on nutrition and healthy habits in order to control their blood sugar levels by developing specific dietary plans that will suit a patient’s individual needs.

According to PayScale, the average salary for a Certified Diabetes Educator is $61,184 per year, with an average reported salary of $45,205 to $80,052 per year. While there isn’t extensive data on locations where CDEs will be paid the most, Minneapolis, MN and Dallas, TX report slightly higher average salaries of $62,000 and $63,000 per year, respectively.

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Clinical educator

Clinical educators are responsible for educating people on how to manage and prevent illnesses and disease through healthy habits. As a clinical educator, you might be responsible for teaching people better nutrition and developing dietary plans based off an individual’s needs.

Part of the job also requires you to create and distribute educational materials in order to help educate others on healthy habits. You will need at least a bachelor’s degree in health education or health promotion and some positions will require a master’s degree.

According to PayScale, the average salary for a Clinical Educator is $70,329 per year, with a reported range of $51,06 to $93,246 per year. Clinical educators in Chicago, IL report a slightly higher average salary of $74,000 per year, while Atlanta, GA and Houston, TX report average salaries of $73,000 and $71,000 per year, respectively.

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Informatics nurse

An informatics nurse is responsible for evaluating a healthcare facilities need for clinical IT applications and implementing the technology. As an informatics nurse you will also be responsible for training and educating the staff on how to use new systems and technology that come into the facility.

Another part of the job is working with vendors, IT, and staff to ensure that everyone is using the technology to its full potential.

According to PayScale, the average salary for an Informatics Nurse is $66,552 per year, with a reported salary range of $52,353 to $89,022. Informatics nurses report the highest salary in Houston, TX, at $74,000 per year.

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Medical writer

Medical writers generally work for pharmaceutical companies, medical equipment companies, and other health service providers and are responsible for conveying information to the public that adheres to regulatory standards.

Since pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, and medical services generally require in-depth documentation, the healthcare industry found it had a need for competent writers who understood the medical world and could convey information in a clear manner.

As a medical writer you might be tasked with writing project goals, researching and editing clinical documents, writing or editing research papers, drafting analysis plans and consent forms, and interpreting scientific data.

You generally need at least a bachelor’s degree in journalism or English and a background of writing in the medical field through scientific publications. You might also want to take some medical writing courses to get the right amount of experience for the job. Many medical writers go on to get their master’s degree or PhD and, oftentimes, doctors will become medical writers in their specialization.

According to PayScale, the average salary for a medical writer is $72,253 per year, with a reported salary range of $47,852 to $125,906 per year. Medical writers in Cambridge, MA have the highest reported average salary of $90,000 per year. Raleigh, NC and Chicago, IL are next with reported average salaries of $85,000 and $78,000 per year, respectively.

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Patient advocate

Patient advocates help patients at a healthcare facility by answering questions or concerns the patient has about their treatment. You will schedule patient appointments, answer phones, greet visitors, manage medical records and charts, and interview patients for insurance and privacy forms.

The patient advocate can be seen as a liaison between the patient and the healthcare facility, ensuring that they understand their benefits and assist any patients that may have been denied service. It requires a solid understanding of insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, as well as compliance factors.

Most patient advocate jobs require at least a high school diploma or an equivalent as well as experience working with clients and patients.

According to PayScale, the average salary for a patient advocate is $41,927 per year, with a reported salary range of $24,585 to $56,809 per year. Patient advocates in Houston, TX report the highest average salary of $52,000 per year, while those in New York, NY and Atlanta, GA report average salaries of $45,000 and $44,000, respectively.

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Legal nurse consultant (LNC)

Legal nurse consultants (LNC) are responsible for using their knowledge of the medical system to assist in medical-legal cases and claims at a healthcare facility. As an LNC you will be responsible for maintaining, summarizing, and reporting on health records as well as collecting, auditing, and managing records. You will also need to instruct staff on potential risks and what the legal standards of care are.

According to PayScale, the average salary for a legal nurse consultant is $70,006 per year, with a reported range of $51,815 to $214,682 per year. LNCs in Dallas, TX report an average salary of $93,000 per year, while in Louisville, KY, the average salary is $85,000 per year.

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Explore your options

As with the rest of the healthcare industry, non-clinical positions are in high demand, which is good news for you. Interested in exploring your options but need help getting your foot in the door? Join Monster today. As a member, you can upload up to five versions of your resume—each tailored to the type of non-clinical jobs that interest you. Recruiters search Monster every day looking to fill top jobs with qualified candidates just like you. It's a quick and easy way to gain exposure and open your door to opportunity.