The medical industry can bring to mind doctors, surgeons and nurses, but those are not the only professions that make up the medical field. There are several different areas of the medical industry that do not require countless years in school learning biology, chemistry and advanced math. Positions, such as medical assisting, medical secretaries, phlebotomy and social work, do not require any mathematical skills.
Medical assistants do not use math on a daily basis because they focus on administrative and clinical duties. Medical assistants prep patients to see the doctor. Prepping a patient can include taking blood pressure, pulse or blood and interviewing patients to assess their needs. Medical assistants maintain client records and clean the patient rooms after each patient leaves. Medical assistants may be responsible for billing, which will require some math, but most doctors prefer to have a receptionist that handles billing and scheduling.
Medical secretaries do not require any type of math. Medical secretaries perform clerical tasks, such as answering phones, scheduling, completing insurance forms and maintaining medical records. They must be familiar with medical terminology and hospital or clinic policies and procedures. In 2010, medical secretaries earn an average of $15.19 per hour, according to California Labor Market Information.
Another medical field that does not require math is phlebotomy. Phlebotomists draw blood from patients using a variety of techniques. Phlebotomy certification classes are two to four months long and can enhance a medical assisting career or be used on its own. Phlebotomy certification is not state mandated; however, most employers will not hire an individual without a certification.
Medical Social Workers
Medical social workers provide patients and families with coping mechanisms in response to traumatic experiences. Social workers will counsel family members after a death in the family, or they can educate a client about a chronic illness, such as cancer, AIDS or hepatitis. Medical social workers do not have to have a background in math, as they provide psychological support to the clients. On average, medical social workers earn $27.61 per hour, according to 2010 California Labor Market Information.