Healthcare Job Skills for Resumes

Seeking a job in healthcare? These are the skills you need

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Here's a list of healthcare job skills that employers look for in the stack of resumes they receive, so be sure to include your relevant skills to get your resume noticed. We've listed skills for a wide range of healthcare jobs, from dental to nursing to technician. Skills will vary based on the job for which you're applying, so also review our list of skills listed by job and type of skill.

Dental Job Skills

It's a great time to go into a dental field. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts dental hygienist jobs will grow 19 percent through 2024, which is much faster than the average of all other occupations. Dental assistants are not far behind, with 18 percent expected job growth.

Integrative Medicine Job Skills

Integrative medicine is a holistic approach to treating patients, using a combination of traditional and nonconventional medicines and therapies. These jobs are part of treating the patient as a whole, not just trying to solve one disease or symptom.

Healthcare Administration and Sales Job Skills

You can work in the healthcare field without ever seeing a drop of blood. From managing the vast administrative needs of a hospital to keeping a single medical office up and running, you can be a part of saving lives and improving the well-being of patients without being on the front line.

Nurse and Medical Assistant Job Skills

There are a wide range of skills and qualifications in this list, but all involve direct patient interaction and specific medical knowledge. Some of these jobs require certification, and others advanced college degrees. But a key desired skill set through all of these job positions is strong interpersonal skills.

Physician and Other Job Skills

You must have a college degree and other advanced degrees or certifications to even qualify for these jobs, but there's a lot more to being, say, a pharmacist or a psychologist than simply education. For example, some skills that might put you over the top in job consideration if you're a nutritionist include the ability to speak a foreign language, experience creating educational materials or running group sessions, and even proficiency in Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint.

Therapy Job Skills

If you thought dental jobs were growing fast, step aside to let these speed demons pass. Physical therapist jobs are expected to grow by 34 percent through 2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That demand is coming from the aging baby boomer population. Occupational therapy jobs are right up there, too, with an expected growth rate of 27 percent.

Technician Job Skills

Technician jobs let you participate in the healthcare field without the overwhelming years of education required for careers such as physicians. Some certifications can be earned in a number of weeks or months, rather than years.