Beyond The Operating Room: 4 Alternate Careers In Medicine
You might love the idea of working in the medical industry. But what if you hate the idea of dealing with blood every day? Or, you could be worried about taking on the responsibility where life could literally hang in the balance. Well, you’re not alone. A lot of people love the hate of being part of this industry but hate certain aspects of it. That’s why you’ll be pleased to learn that there are alternative careers outside of those that you might be familiar with. Let’s take a look at some of the possibilities.
One option is to work as a research and help discover the drugs or treatments of tomorrow. If you want to know just how important this role is, we’re all currently holding our breath hoping for a vaccine to COVID-19. Researchers are hard at work on this right now and you could be part of one of these teams. You could be responsible for pulling us out of the next global health crisis. Obviously, there will be pressure in this field of work but the payoff could be absolutely tremendous. You will need to be comfortable with the latest research software and running studies. This might involve working with patients.
If you want a job that pays tremendously well then you could think about opting for a career in PR. Or as journalists refer to it, ‘the dark side.’ PR is basically the opposite of journalism. Rather than working for the media to expose the truth, you work for the companies to spin it. Of course, a career in PR will also provide opportunities to become a rep for medical companies which could be a very attractive possibility. You just need to make sure that you are charismatic that you know how to win people over. That’s going to be a big part of your role when working with relations between the companies and hospitals.
The doctors and nurses of tomorrow need to be taught. While a lot of this is going to be hands-on, the first stages will often occur within a classroom or a lecture hall. If you want to get started on this path then you could explore a nurse educator program. This will provide you with the skills and perhaps crucially, the qualification that you need. In terms of who will fit this role, you need to be able to engage with an audience. You also must have fantastic listening skills and understand that people learn in different ways.
Finally, if it’s the possibility of a misdiagnosis that puts you off working in medicine, then you could study to become a pathologist. The benefits of working in pathology are that it means you’ll diagnose things that have gone wrong and help ensure that incidents can be inverted in the future. The pay can be tremendous too.
We hope this helps you see that there are lots of career possibilities beyond the typical roles of a doctor or a nurse.