The Virtual Vocations Guide to Remote Healthcare Jobs is a remote jobseeker resource and action plan for finding and applying to remote healthcare jobs—one of the top five job categories among all telecommuting occupations.
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Guide to Remote Healthcare Jobs
Telehealth, which is also known as telemedicine, is a practical, modern, alternative healthcare arrangement for patients who need the flexibility and affordability of access to medical care without the traditional wait in a doctor’s office or the increased costs associated with in-person visits to a healthcare provider. From the telehealth movement, remote careers in healthcare have emerged as one of the dominant telecommuting fields.
Healthcare Industry Overview
Since 2015, healthcare has been a top-five industry for remote jobs. From 2018 to 2019, the number of remote healthcare jobs added to the Virtual Vocations Job board increased by 73.54%. During 2019, healthcare positions alone accounted for more than 27,000 of the remote job openings posted to our job board, or approximately 9% of all available remote job openings added throughout the year.
Projected Healthcare Industry Job Growth
Healthcare is projected to be the fastest-growing industry among all job sectors, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). “Employment of healthcare occupations is projected to grow 14 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 1.9 million new jobs.” This strong growth projection for healthcare occupations is attributed to the aging population of the U.S. leading to increased demands for healthcare services.
The BLS tracks projected job growth across several niche healthcare sectors. Listed below is a breakdown of how those remote-enabled healthcare fields are expected to grow throughout the decade:
- Home Health Aides and Personal Care Aides: 36% growth (1,185,800 new jobs added)
- Physician Assistants: 31% growth (37,000 new jobs added)
- Speech-Language Pathologists: 27% growth (41,900 new jobs added)
- Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners: 26% growth (62,000 new jobs added)
- Medical Assistants: 23% growth (154,900 new jobs added)
- Occupational Therapists: 18% growth (23,700 new jobs added)
- Registered Nurses: 12% growth (371,500 new jobs added)
- Psychiatric Technicians and Aides: 12% growth (16,300 new jobs added)
- Dieticians and Nutritionists: 11% growth (8,000 new jobs added)
- Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses: 11% growth (78,100 new jobs added)
- Nursing Assistants and Orderlies: 9% growth (137,800 new jobs added)
- Physicians and Surgeons: 7% growth (55,400 new jobs added)
- Pharmacy Technicians: 7% growth (31,500 new jobs added)
- Pharmacists: 0% growth (-100 jobs lost)
- Medical Transcriptionists: -3% decline (2,000 jobs lost)
Expected Education for Healthcare Industry Professionals
The education requirements for healthcare jobs vary widely. In this section of our Guide to Remote Healthcare Jobs, we have outlined the BLS’s stated education and certification requirements for a variety of popular healthcare occupations.
Home Health Aides and Personal Care Aides
A high school diploma or equivalent diploma is required to be a home health or personal care aide. Depending on the employer, home health or personal care aides may have to complete specific formal job training or pass standardized tests
Physician assistants are required to earn a master’s degree and maintain a professional license in good standing.
A master’s degree is required for a career as a speech-language pathologist. Additional requirements vary by state but most states require speech-language pathologists to maintain a valid professional license.
Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners
Healthcare-minded professionals interested in these remote careers should have a master’s degree in an APRN role. They must also pass a national certification exam and maintain a valid state license.
Medical Assistants/Psychiatric Technicians and Aides
To become a medical assistant, a psychiatric technician or a psychiatric aide, a postsecondary certificate or high school diploma and job training are needed.
A master’s degree in occupational therapy is needed to become an occupational therapist. Occupational therapists must also maintain a professional license in good standing.
Professionals interested in nursing careers can take one of several career paths to become registered nurses. RN status can be achieved via earning a bachelor’s degree in nursing, an associate’s degree in nursing, or a diploma from an accredited nursing program. RNs must also maintain a professional license in good standing.
Dieticians and Nutritionists
Dietitians and nutritionists typically need a bachelor’s degree along with supervised training through an internship. Many states require dietitians and nutritionists to be licensed.
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
LPNs and LVNs should possess a postsecondary nondegree award. Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses must complete a state-approved educational program, which typically takes about one year to complete. They must also maintain a professional license in good standing.
Nursing Assistants and Orderlies
Nursing assistants often need to complete a state-approved education program and pass their state’s competency exam to become licensed or certified. Orderlies typically have at least a high school diploma.
Physicians and Surgeons
Physicians and surgeons have demanding education and training requirements. Physicians typically need a bachelor’s degree, a degree from a medical school, which takes four years to complete, and, depending on their specialty, three to seven years in internship and residency programs.
Pharmacy technicians usually need a high school diploma or equivalent and learn their duties through on-the-job training; they may also complete a postsecondary education program in pharmacy technology. Most states regulate pharmacy technicians, which is a process that may require passing an exam or completing a formal education or training program.
Pharmacists must have a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.), a four-year professional degree. They must also be licensed, which requires passing two exams.
Medical transcriptionists typically need postsecondary education. Prospective medical transcriptionists must have an understanding of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, grammar, and word-processing software.
Remote Healthcare Job Options
Remote healthcare jobs are available in many specialties for licensed professionals to work remotely either as their primary mode of employment or as a supplement to their current practice or healthcare job.
Telecommuting healthcare positions are readily available to physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, physician assistants, radiologists, counselors, nutritionists, psychiatrists, therapists and nearly any other type of healthcare professional who consults with patients and could perform those same duties over the phone and/or via video conferencing technology.
Visit the Virtual Vocations job board to search for remote healthcare jobs that suit your skills and professional experience. To jumpstart your remote job search, explore current remote job openings in the following popular categories of telecommuting healthcare jobs.
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- Remote Appeals Analyst Jobs
- Remote Clinical Documentation Specialist Jobs
- Remote Clinical Research Coordinator Jobs
- Remote Counselor Jobs
- Remote Data Abstractor Jobs
- Remote Medical Coder Jobs
- Remote Medical Director Jobs
- Remote Medical Editor Jobs
- Remote Medical Transcriptionist Jobs
- Remote Medical Writer Jobs
- Remote Nursing Jobs
- Remote Nurse Case Manager Jobs
- Remote Pharmaceutical Jobs
- Remote Pharmacist Jobs
- Remote Physician Jobs
- Remote Psychologist Jobs
- Remote Speech-Language Pathologist Jobs
- Remote Therapist Jobs
Remote Healthcare Wages Data
When researching and applying to remote healthcare jobs, it is important to know median annual wages as well as salary ranges for your specialty. Although healthcare salaries will vary based on the type of work, the jobseeker’s experience level, and the financial health of the employer, remote healthcare professionals can expect to earn good wages. “The median annual wage for healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (such as registered nurses, physicians and surgeons, and dental hygienists) was $68,190 in May 2019, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations in the economy of $39,810,” according to the BLS.
Median Annual Wages for Remote Healthcare Jobs
This list of median annual wages and salary ranges for remote healthcare jobs will give remote healthcare jobseekers midpoint wage expectations for a variety of widely available telecommuting healthcare careers as well as appropriate ranges within which they can negotiate salaries with a new employer. The figures below are based on healthcare salaries reported by the BLS for May 2019 and annual earnings reported to the PayScale Data & Career Research Center.
Physicians and Surgeons
BLS Median Annual Wage (May 2019): $208,000+ per year
PayScale Salary Ranges (April 2020): $102,000 – $249,000
BLS Median Annual Wage (May 2019): $128,090
PayScale Salary Ranges (April 2020): $81,000 – $137,000
Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners
BLS Median Annual Wage (May 2019): $115,800
PayScale Salary Ranges (April 2020): $77,000 – $120,000
BLS Median Annual Wage (May 2019): $112,260
PayScale Salary Ranges (April 2020): $78,000 – $123,000
BLS Median Annual Wage (May 2019): $84,950
PayScale Salary Ranges (April 2020): $50,000 – $87,000
BLS Median Annual Wage (May 2019): $79,120
PayScale Salary Ranges (April 2020): $45,000 – $82,000
BLS Median Annual Wage (May 2019): $73,300
PayScale Salary Ranges (April 2020): $44,000 – $90,000
Dietitians and Nutritionists
BLS Median Annual Wage (May 2019): $61,270
PayScale Salary Ranges (April 2020): $35,000 – $71,000
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
BLS Median Annual Wage (May 2019): $47,480
PayScale Salary Ranges (April 2020): $45,000 – $75,000
BLS Median Annual Wage (May 2019): $34,800
PayScale Salary Ranges (April 2020): $24,000 – $48,000
Remote Healthcare Jobs Jobseeker Action Plan
Virtual Vocations provides jobseekers with the tools, information, and resources to conduct a safe, efficient, and high-quality remote job search. We also recognize that finding and landing the right remote job takes time.
The following five-part action plan outlined here in our Guide to Remote Healthcare Jobs will provide remote healthcare jobseekers with actionable steps they can take now to progress their remote job searches.
1. Identify Core Skills for Your Remote Healthcare Career
Universal Skills for Remote Work
When applying to remote jobs, ensure your employment documents, like your resume and cover letter, focus on highlighting universal remote work skills every employer seeks in a job applicant.
- Critical Thinking
Comprehensive Skills for Remote Healthcare Jobs
In addition to universally required skills for remote work, healthcare professionals should possess comprehensive skills relevant to the healthcare industry. In addition to the technical skills necessary to be successful in individual healthcare professions, jobseekers should showcase these 10 skills when applying to remote healthcare jobs.
- Emotional Intelligence
- Analytical Skills
- Stress Management
- Conflict Resolution
- Interpersonal Communication
2. Include Core Skills in Your Resume and Cover Letter
A well-written, keyword-optimized resume and cover letter will help set you apart from the competition. When crafting these employment documents, it is essential to include core skills. Here are some examples of how to showcase your core healthcare skills in a resume and cover letter.
Examples of Core Skills Showcased in a Resume
Examples of Core Skills Showcased in a Cover Letter
The Virtual Vocations Career Services department can assess your resume as well as rewrite your resume and cover letter following an expert evaluation from our experienced team members.
3. Set up Alerts for Remote Healthcare Jobs Relevant to Your Skills
With Virtual Vocations remote job alerts, jobseekers receive daily emails containing new remote job openings that match their professional skills and backgrounds. For example, when a remote jobseeker searches the Virtual Vocations job board for ‘registered nurse’ remote jobs, they can click the orange ‘ACTIVATE‘ button to create an email alert for this search result.
Within the Alerts section of a jobseeker’s Virtual Vocations account, they can also set up a job alert by clicking the blue ‘CREATE NEW ALERT‘ button as well as see their Saved Job Alerts.
4. Explore Remote-Enabled Companies Continuously Hiring in Healthcare
Virtual Vocations researched remote-enabled healthcare companies to highlight employers known for hiring telecommuting healthcare professionals. For each employer, we have provided examples of remote jobs those employers have been known to fill as well as a link to the employer’s Virtual Vocations company profile. Any available remote job openings with these employers are linked within their profiles. In addition, we have provided a researched company summary and quick-access links to the employer’s website and social media profiles.
Examples of remote jobs with UnitedHealth Group that have been found in the Virtual Vocations database include Remote Customer Care Manager, Telecommute Transplant Solutions Medical Director, Remote Call Center Registered Nurse, and Telecommute Mental Health Virtual Coach.
Magellan Health, Inc.
Examples of remote jobs with Magellan Health that have been found in the Virtual Vocations database include Remote Pharmacy Technician II, Telecommute Physician Clinical Reviewer, Remote Behavioral Health Care Manager, and Telecommute Senior Health Client Analytics Consultant.
Examples of remote jobs with Magellan Health that have been found in the Virtual Vocations database include Remote Telehealth Physician and Telecommute Government Healthcare Program Manager.
AllMed Healthcare Management, Inc.
Examples of remote jobs with AllMed Healthcare Management that have been found in the Virtual Vocations database include Remote Medical Reviewer, Telecommute Medical Coder, Remote Medical Peer Reviewer, and Telecommute Medical Review Physician.
Examples of remote jobs with Teladoc that have been found in the Virtual Vocations database include Telecommute Telehealth Services Client Operations Specialist, Remote Senior Health Care Analyst, Telecommute Member Advocate, and Remote Registered Nurse.
Molina Healthcare, Inc.
Examples of remote jobs with Molina Healthcare that have been found in the Virtual Vocations database include Telecommute Provider Services Senior Representative, Remote Healthcare Data Analyst, Remote Pharmacy Internal Monitor, and Remote Prior Authorization Care Review Clinician.
Examples of remote jobs with Paradigm Corporation that have been found in the Virtual Vocations database include Telecommute Case Management Network Administrator, Remote Telephonic Nurse Case Manager, Remote Quality Assurance Automation Engineer, and Telecommute Bilingual Nurse Case Manager.
ProtoCall Services, Inc.
Examples of remote jobs with ProtoCall Services that have been found in the Virtual Vocations database include Remote Crisis Counselor and Telecommute Clinical Specialist.
Examples of remote jobs with One Medical that have been found in the Virtual Vocations database include Remote Pharmacy Technician II, Telecommute Physician Clinical Reviewer, Remote Behavioral Health Care Manager, and Telecommute Senior Health Client Analytics Consultant.
Examples of remote jobs with Radiology Partners that have been found in the Virtual Vocations database include Remote Emergency Radiologist, Telecommute Overnight Pediatric Radiologist, Remote Emergency Radiologist, and Telecommute Evening General Radiologist.
An example of a remote job with CarePoint Healthcare that has been found in the Virtual Vocations database includes Remote Telehealth Neurology Physician. Based on Virtual Vocations’ research, some remote jobs with CarePoint Healthcare may be location-specific.
An example of a remote job with CarePoint Healthcare that has been found in the Virtual Vocations database includes Telecommute Triage Nurse. This role is 100% virtual and nurses will not be required to travel in this contract position. Telecommute Triage Nurses provide after-hours coverage for physician offices and clinics.
Night Nurse, Inc.
Examples of remote jobs with Night Nurse that have been found in the Virtual Vocations database include Remote Licensed Pediatric Registered Nurse and Telecommute Pediatric Telephone Triage Registered Nurse. Job openings with Night Nurse are available to candidates from any U.S. location; these are 100% virtual roles requiring no travel.
5. Use Virtual Vocations Jobseeker Resources
Virtual Vocations is here to help jobseekers who want to work from home in healthcare roles. Remote healthcare jobseekers can utilize the following Virtual Vocations jobseeker resources to maximize their hireability and improve their job search prospects.
The Virtual Vocations Career Services department provides the following expert services for entry-level, mid-level, and C-level remote jobseekers:
- Resume assessments
- Resume writing
- Cover letter writing
- LinkedIn profile writing
- Career coaching
E-Courses for Remote Jobseekers
Sign up for Virtual Vocations e-courses via the Telecommute Toolkit page of your Virtual Vocations account.
- Take our Getting Started With Telecommuting e-Course
- Take our Create a Winning Resume Virtual Vocations e-Course
- Take our Mid-Level and Professional Jobseekers e-Course
Telecommute Companies Database
The Virtual Vocations Telecommute Companies Database is filled with more than 20,000 researched company profiles of businesses and organizations known for hiring remote workers. In addition to the 10 remote-enabled employers featured in this Guide to Remote Healthcare Jobs, remote jobseekers can find current openings from all healthcare employers by clicking the button below.
Remote Jobseeker Blog Content
Jobseekers should not miss the following relevant blog posts about successfully preparing for your job search:
- COVID-19 Heroes: Remote Healthcare Jobs on the Rise
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- How 3 Nurse Case Managers Became Part of the Telehealth Revolution
- Remote Nurse Practitioner: Telecommute Job Overview
- Resume Mistakes: 10 Errors Employers Will Not Overlook
- Switching Careers? 6 Ways Remote Work Options can Help
- Job Interview Follow-Up: The Dos and Don’ts for Remote Jobseekers
- Launch Your Remote Career: 11-Step Telecommuting Blueprint
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