Health Care Career Guide

If you wish to have a career in health care then you may wonder which profession is best for you. The information provided in this article is only to be used as a reference to give you an idea of a few of the employment opportunities available in the medical field.

The medical field is a vast industry that has so many different employment opportunities. The health and medical industry has many different jobs from clerical work in a clinic, doctor’s office, or hospital to nurses to physicians to surgeons and so on.

Choosing a career in the health and medical field will take some thought. You will have to decide exactly what area of medicine you wish to follow such as if you wish to work in illness management, crisis intervention, preventive medicine, general medicine, or if you wish to specialize in a particular area of medicine.

Physician

A physician can be a general practitioner or can specialise such as paediatrics. Schooling to become a physician is most cases will begin with four years of undergraduate school in order to receive a bachelor’s degree, four years of medical school and then three to eight years of internship. Earnings vary but are normally between £70,000 to £100,000 according to the type of physician and the medical field. Physicians work long hours and often work at least 60 hours per week if not more.

Medical Assistant

A medical assistant as stated by the United States Labour Bureau is one of the fastest growing health care careers. A medical assistant normally performs light clinical tasks. Education can be accomplished by attending a vocational or technical school for one or two years. The average income expected for a medical assistant is £19,000 to £22,000 per year.

Nursing

Nursing is a sought after career for many that is very rewarding. Duties can include bedside care to educating communities or in some cases being the only health care provider in an area. Registered nurses referred to as RN’s need four years of college to receive a bachelor’s degree. Licensed Practical nurses referred to as LPN’s need two years of college to receive an associate’s degree. Other nursing positions such as nurses aid is obtained by completing a course through a hospital, which normally takes one to three years. A nurse can expect to receive an income of £18,000 to £37,000 per a year.

Chiropractors

Chiropractors are professions in the medical field however; this occupation is considered an alternative therapy. For a person to become a chiropractor they must complete four years of undergraduate school in order to receive a bachelor’s degree and four years of Chiropractic College courses. Once the college years are completed, a person desiring to practice as a chiropractor must pass a national and state exam. A chiropractor can expect to receive an income of £22,000 to £40,000 per year. Self employment could earn around £50,000 to £70,000 per year.

Radiology

Radiology is another medical field employment opportunity. A radiography and x-ray technician operates x-ray machinery, which is used to diagnose internal injuries or bone fractures.

Ultrasound / Sonography

Ultrasound Technologists are similar to X-ray technicians however; they use sound wave machines instead of radiation to look for internal injuries and conduct pregnancy scans.

Medical Billing & Coding

This career is in high demand today. Many people are now turning this career into a work at home opportunity. Individuals that work with medical billing and coding ensure that all paperwork, medical records, etc… are in order as well as insure all agencies and individuals receive copies of all documents needed.

Dental Hygienist

A dental hygienist normally works in a dentist office but can find employment at other locations such as schools, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and prisons. The duties of a dental hygienist are to assist the dentist, help with teeth cleaning, preparing the patient’s mouth for the dentist and teaching patients how to properly floss and brush their teeth. Entry requirements: Five GCSE subjects graded A - C or equivalent plus two A levels or a recognised dental nursing qualification. Some of the courses you will be required to pass to become a dental hygienist include biology and chemistry. Other skills required include good people skills and you should be detail oriented. A newly qualified dental hygienist in an NHS practice could earn around £20,000, this should rise to around £29,000 in 5 years.


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