Healthcare support job descriptions
Healthcare Support Job Descriptions
Healthcare support occupations are those that live alongside the more well-known work done by those the medical profession. These support roles help everyone from neurologists to nutritionists care for the sick and injured. Like other healthcare work, healthcare support occupations have become wide-ranging and are always in demand as the population of the country ages.
Monster job descriptions follow the Standard Occupational Classification System from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. If you need to hire medical professionals in a supervisor or technical role, those job descriptions can be found on our Healthcare Practitioner Job Descriptions page. If you are recruiting for a healthcare support worker, take a look at the sample healthcare support job descriptions linked below to get started on finding the best people to join your medical organization.
A certified nursing assistant’s (CNA) main role is to provide basic care to patients, so the love of helping people is essential. CNAs assist patients with bathing, clean and turn bedridden patients, answer a patient’s calls and clean and sanitize wounds. They may lift patients into wheelchairs or onto exam tables and do everything they can to support the rest of a patient’s medical team.
While their exact duties vary by state and even by practice, skilled dental assistants are an important part of the team that cares for our oral health. Dental assistants support dentists by preparing and organizing the tools needed to work on a patient, giving patient care and providing recordkeeping, and appointment scheduling for the office.
A dietary aide works alongside nutritionists and dietitians to improve or maintain a patient’s health with proper nutrition. Working in hospitals, healthcare facilities, or retirement homes, dietary aids prepare food and serve well-balanced meals to residents and patients. They may also clean food and utensils from kitchens, dining halls and patients’ rooms.
Direct Support Professional
Healthcare recruiters know that the term ‘direct support professional’ means something more than it sounds to the average person. Direct support professionals work in governmental institutions, senior care centers and hospitals. They improve the lives of patients who have physical, mental and developmental disabilities by supporting and training patients to develop appropriate social, behavioral, money management and housekeeping skills.
Home Health Aide
Home health aides do the things we would like to do for ourselves, but sometimes can’t. A home health aide supports patients by providing housekeeping and laundry services, shopping for food, preparing and serving meals and running errands. They help with the most basic needs such as bathing, dressing, and grooming. To a disabled, elderly or ill person, a home health aide is a life line.
Massage therapists treat their clients by manipulating the muscles and other soft tissues to relieve pain, help heal injuries, improve circulation and relieve stress. We often think of going to a spa for a massage, but massage therapists are also part of healthcare teams found in doctor’s offices, athletic centers, or in private practice.
A medical assistant is the right hand of a doctor or a PA. Medical assistants take medical histories and record vital signs for patients. They make a medical practice run smoothly by completing administrative tasks like answering phones, greeting patients, updating medical records and filling out insurance forms. A busy practice needs a medical assistant both doctors and patients can rely on.
A medical receptionist is one of the people that allow a doctor to do what they do best, make us well. Medical receptionists maintain an efficient and calm medical office by answering phones and patient questions, scheduling appointments, filling out forms and updating records. A welcoming medical receptionist is the linchpin of a successful healthcare practice.
A medical scribe works with a physician, nurse, or PA during patient interactions. The scribe records the relevant information gathered from the patient to be used as part of that patient’s medical record. A scribe also performs many of the clerical duties that once were the physician’s responsibility, freeing doctors to focus more on their patients.
Occupational Therapy Assistant
Occupational therapy assistants help patients develop, recover, improve, and maintain the skills needed for daily living and working. Occupational therapy assistants provide therapy to patients and work with occupational therapy aides who support them in their duties.
Patient Care Technician
When you are very ill, the simplest tasks become difficult; that is why hospitals and care facilities need patient care technicians (PCTs). PCTs, also called nursing assistants, help with basic care for patients, such as assisting them in using the restroom, serving meals and changing bedding. Patients rely on PCTs to do the everyday things they can’t do for themselves while they recover.
Physical Therapy Assistant
Working with the supervision of a physical therapist, a physical therapy assistant (or PTA) helps patients recover from injuries and illnesses, regain movement and manage pain. PTAs are part of the recovery team helping accident victims, those recovering from surgery or disease and our military recuperating from wounds received in combat.
More help for your healthcare support hiring
This page is updated often with our newest job description samples. If you hire frequently, bookmark this page and come back for new ideas to help you fill more support roles in your organization. If you need a quicker boost to your medical hiring, take a look at Monster job ads for a range of monthly plans to help you find the right medical support professional for your team.