Many people like the idea of working in a health related field, but they don't want the time investment or the expense that comes with medical school. You don't have to become a doctor to help people, and you can still enjoy the rigor that comes from working in the medical field. Here are some other career options you might consider if you don't thin medical school is the right field for you.
If you have great ability to work and think under pressure, you might decide to work as part of an emergency response team. Paramedics have more training than basic EMTs, and they can often be hired by city fire departments to respond to medical emergencies. You can to help save lives in the community by making quick decisions and providing basic triage when hospitals are not available. Most paramedics begin as EMTs, but they undergo more training. Paramedic training can last up to a year before you become fully certified.
If you like the idea of working with a doctor to help see and diagnose patients, you might consider becoming a physicians assistant. PAs must attend graduate school, but then they sit for qualifying exams to have a professional license. They work under doctors to see more patients, providing basic care and assisting with surgical procedures. The salary range for a PA is respectable, with most making around 100,000 dollars annually. As a PA, you can prescribe medications, give medical advice, follow up on patient care, and handle medical records. You help to ease the patient load of the physician.
You can also work in hospitals and doctor's offices as someone who take ultrasounds. If you don't like working with blood or doing procedures, you can still assist patients and help reach a diagnosis with your work. You might like this type of work if you like to see new things every day. People who get ultrasounds need them to see inside, so you are the one who finds foreign objects, discovers a baby's sex, or finds a blood clot in someone's leg. You never know what to expect. The process to become a technician does require some specialized training combined with a college degree.
Health Social Worker
If you want to work in healthcare but are more interested in people than in medicine, you might instead pursue a humanities degree in social studies with the intention of specializing in medical care. You can provide support to families, help to place organ donors with matching recipients, counsel families going through a tough diagnosis, or help ensure the safety of an injured child. This career requires at least four years in undergraduate work, with he most successful and highest paid people continuing education with a social work master's degree.
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