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Behind the Scenes Health Care Positions

While most individuals think of doctors, nurses and other specialists when they consider careers in the healthcare field, there are actually many more jobs in healthcare facilities that individuals must fill in order for the appropriate care to be administered and provided to patients.

Service Healthcare Jobs

Ever wondered where the food, clean bedding and the smell of healthcare facilities originate from? Usually from an individual who is working in a service job or position in a healthcare facility.

These individuals perform common tasks such as cleaning, cooking and laundry for the entire facility, as opposed to one person like a home health aide does. In addition, they have limited or no contact with patients or individuals seeking care and treatment.

Hospital Maintenance

The maintenance staff in a hospital is responsible for keeping the healthcare facility clean and disinfected, thus they are often the ones responsible for giving it a special smell distinctive to healthcare. In addition to providing general cleaning tasks each day, they are also responsible for fixing any major mechanical problems as they arise. In addition depending upon the facility and its size, some maintenance staffs are responsible for remodeling old, out-dated areas of the facility. The average pay of a maintenance staff member varies depending upon their specific job responsibilities and the location and size of the facility. The hourly wage for maintenance staff responsible for daily cleaning tasks can range from minimum wage up to $10.00 per hour, while maintenance staff responsible for fixing problems or performing remodeling can be between $10.00 and $20.00.

Hospital Security

Many healthcare facilities, especially hospitals, now have security personnel on site to handle any problems they may have with disgruntled, emotionally charged or mentally unstable patients or visitors. Some facilities employ security only at night, while others have them on site 24 hours a day. Their job is to monitor the facility and the area around it for any suspicious behavior and respond to requests for security by nurses, doctors and other employees. The pay for security personnel is $7.15 to $15 per hour.

Food Service/Cooks

Healthcare facilities that house patients and provide food service to them must employ cooks and other food service preparers in order to ensure patients are fed when they need to be. For most of these organizations, they employ professional dietitians who are responsible for the planning of each patient's meal to ensure it meets any dietary restrictions a doctor may be prescribed. However, it is up to the cooks or food service employees to prepare the meals as directed and get them to the patient. For their time and hard work, these individuals can expect an hourly wage between minimum wage and $10.00 per hour.


Another service job found in healthcare facilities housing patients is laundry. These facilities all provide beds with bedding to patients, and this bedding is usually changed everyday. In addition, laundry personnel must also clean any towels used for bathing, clothes or gowns worn by patients, and other clothes, towels, blankets or materials used by doctors, nurses or patients. While this may seem like an easy job, the demands of a 500-person hospital or nursing care facility keeps laundry personnel on their toes and busy throughout the day. The average pay for laundry personnel varies from minimum wage to $9.00 an hour.

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