I know it can be hard to hold down a job when living with Bipolar Disorder. I was very fortunate enough to find my passion which was blogging. I’m more like a freelancer writing content on a contract basis. It helps pay my bills and I’m getting by just fine. However, through blogging I have been able to connect with different people and hear what they have to say. Even though, I’m a blogger, it’s important to keep my options open because you never know when things will shift leaving me in a tight spot. I do take time to explore other options and have come across a few awesome opportunities if your willing to put in some time and effort. Before I continue, here’s what so special about these opportunities –
- You can study on your own time. You don’t need to attend school.
- Very affordable because you have free study guides and practice tests online. However, if you want to purchase a study guide you can for $20.00 – $30.00 from Amazon.com
- You can be done in 6 months. This obviously depends on the time you put in studying.
- The starting wages for these career options are anywhere from – $18.00/Hour USD to $19.00 Hour USD
So, if you are looking for a job or want a change then consider these three career options.
1) Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs)
During a medical emergency, EMT’s are the first responder’s. They are dispatched by emergency operators (9-1-1) to arrive on the scene and help paramedics. As a basic EMT, you’ll be responsible for stabilizing patients while transporting them to the hospital. There are three levels of EMT’s and becoming a basic level emergency medical technician requires no more than a license. If you plan on becoming an intermediate EMT or paramedic, you’ll require additional training. Here’s a quick breakdown of each level –
An entry-level position. At this level, you can carry out basic roles providing support by helping patients take medication, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), automated external defibrillation (AED), bone splinting, and suctioning fluids to assist more advanced EMTs. You can start studying to become a Basic EMT (Emergency Medical Technicians) by practicing on your own. There are several free EMT practice tests available online.
Visit CareerCrawlers.com to find out more about becoming an Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs)
Pay Per Year – $33,355 USD Per Year
Once you become an entry-level EMT, you can move up into intermediate-level. At this position, you’ll have 200-400 hours of training and have an expanded range of duties. Additional medical duties include – IV treatment and Endotracheal intubations. You will have to attend courses to train you for some of the advanced procedures involved.
Pay Per Year – $38,000 USD Per Year
Commonly referred to as ‘paramedics,’ EMT-Paramedics have at least two years of training and possess more skills and responsibilities than other EMTs. Paramedics can perform all the tasks assigned to lower-level EMTs, and they also have the following job duties: Administering drugs intravenously and by mouth, reading lab results, EKGs, and X-rays, cleaning wounds, Conducting manual defibrillation
Pay Per Year – $40,000 USD Per Year
2) USPS Postal Worker – Mail Carrier
This is another career option and requires you to pass an examination. However, you can study for the Postal 473 exam on your own time. When you’re ready, you can write it and start applying for jobs. Mail carriers will continue to be in high demand because everyone needs their mail delivered. As a mail carrier, your duties will include – mail sorting, delivery, and Some carriers may be required to have certain packages signed for by addressees.
To become a USPS mail carrier, you need a High school diploma or equivalent. It helps to have a driver’s license with a clean record.
Pay Per Hour – (City Carrier Assistant): $16.75
3) Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
A Certified Nursing Assistant (Aide) helps patients or clients in a variety of different settings. A CNA will work directly under the supervision of a Registered Nurse or a Licensed Practical Nurse. As a CNA, your duties will include gathering vital patient information, clean or sanitize room, administer medication, apply bandages and more. The future outlook for CNA’s is very positive which is why this career would be secure now and in the future. Healthcare is something everyone needs and will never disappear. However, to become a Certified Nursing Assistant, you do require additional training compared to the other two choices above. Your requirements will depend on the State you live in, but here are the prerequisites:
a) Training from an approved community college. You DO NOT necessarily need a high school diploma, but this does depend on your State. There is a one-time cost of $795.00+. You have scholarships available.
b) Clean criminal record.
c) Must pass state competency test to become certified.
These are three options you should check out if you’re looking to start working or want to switch careers. I know when living with bipolar disorder it can be hard to keep on a rigorous study schedule. The three choices give you the comfort of studying on your own. You have tons of free resources available online and if you have some extra money, you can purchase additional guides too. Once you’re done studying, visit your State licensing office to register for the next examination date.