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Have medical experience or willing to learn? These 5 fields are in demand.

1. Paramedical Examiner:

The nitty-gritty: Don the scrubs, grab the medical kit and prepare for soothing nervous people. You're generally hired as a contractor to perform routine medical tests that screen individuals applying for life insurance coverage. Most insurance companies require applicants over 40 to have a medical exam before they will approve a policy. Depending on the amount of life insurance someone is buying and his or her age, these exams include taking someone's medical history, weight and height, drawing blood, taking blood pressure, a urine specimen, and perhaps an EKG performed at someone's home or office. In addition to house calls, you might be hired to perform random drug testing on employees or handle cholesterol screenings at health and wellness fairs by corporate clients. You're not expected to be Marcus Welby M.D., but it can take some smooth talking to relax the blood and needle phobic. Make sure you have an up-to-date GPS.

The hours: Flexible. You schedule your own appointments. Expect evenings and weekends.

Median pay range: Contractors typically are paid by the job versus the hour and pay varies by experience and contracting firm. In general, a basic insurance medical exam pays around $20 to $25 per case. Additional tests may pay around $40 each. Firms typically cover transportation costs above a set mileage limit. You can work for more than one contractor. Median hourly wages for phlebotomists in other health settings: $12.50 to $13.

Qualifications: The minimum educational requirement is a phlebotomist certification, which includes practical experience drawing, collecting and storing blood and a thorough knowledge of vein location and puncture points. Courses are offered through vocational and technical schools, as well as community colleges. Look for a training program that is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences. Coursework covers human physiology and anatomy. EKG certification is strongly suggested. Paramedical examiners may also have prior training as a nurse or licensed practical nurse. Not all states require phlebotomists to be certified, but there are entry-level certifications. A Certified Phlebotomy Technician, for example, is awarded by the American Society of Clinical Pathology and the American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians. You'll need a valid driver's license. Background checks are standard. A prerequisite: a minimum number of draws ranging from 100 to 300 and up. An array of job listings can be found at Practice good bedside manners.

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