7 Other Careers You Can go Into with a Medicine Degree
Did your parents make you study medicine even though you can’t stand the sight of blood? Are you half-way through your medical degree and wondering why you ever dreamed of being a doctor? Or maybe you’ve graduated and can’t find a job.
Whatever your situation, there is a huge range of alternatives to traditional medical careers, not only in the health profession but in other sectors such as education, research, technical work and the media. Here are just a few roles open to medical graduates.
1. Public Health Worker
Public health is about protecting and promoting the health of the general population through. You might work on preventing the spread of infectious diseases or environmental health hazards, or you could be involved in strategies to improve efficiency, effectiveness and accountability of your health service.
2. Health Journalist
Journalism is a hugely competitive field, but those with scientific credentials and experience have the edge over the vast majority of journalists who come mostly from an arts or social sciences backgrounds. Some medics undertake this as an addition, rather than an alternative to their clinical work. Keep in mind that you may need to gain extra qualifications (albeit on a short training course) or experience in order to kickstart a successful journalism career.
3. Medical Teacher
Medical education could range from supporting trainee medical students or doctors, to educating the public, be it in your home country or abroad. This could be the right choice for you if you want to make an impact on educating a large number of people.
4. Clinical Forensic Medical Examiner
An interesting route to take if you have completed training as a doctor. The role of a forensic medical examiner is to deal with examining the living. Forensic pathologists are trained to carry out medical examinations on the dead.
5. Crowd Doctor
This is a great career path for those who gain fulfillment from being able to help others as a doctor, but who perhaps don’t want to work in a clinical hospital environment. Crowd doctors provide medical cover to people attending large events taking place in stadiums and outdoor festivals.
6. Medical/ Pharmaceutical Researcher
The medical research field is a dynamic one which is constantly developing. Medical researchers work by conducting experiments and analysing results to learn more about the human body and potential treatments. This could mean working in the pharmaceutical industry, academia, hospital labs, research institutes or medical research charities.
7. Sports and Exercise Medicine
Sports and Exercise Medicine (SEM) is a newly recognised medical speciality. It is concerned with dealing with medical conditions and injury in people such as athletes who strongly participate in physical activity.