5 Medical Careers You May Not Have Considered27 October 2016
The healthcare industry is thriving! But nonetheless, it’s a competitive space that requires particular medical knowledge and certain certifications for one to be employable by hospitals, medical clinics, or retirement communities. You only really hear about the most saturated job positions and largest needs. However, there are several medical careers your professors, peers, and points of contact may not have mentioned. Perhaps they don’t even know they exist, because certain healthcare positions are so far off the grid or are so very specific in nature.
So if you’re seeking a new medical job or considering a complete career change, take a look at some of these lesser-known medical careers!
- Phlebotomist – Handle and process laboratory specimens (specifically blood) as regulated in this technically intense position. Phlebotomy includes data entry, analysis, and clear communication with physicians. You generally do not have direct contact with patients aside from drawing blood.
- Lab Assistant – This position includes labeling and processing specimens taken from patients. You must know up-to-date safety regulations and work directly with other laboratory staff to deliver patient results in a timely manner.
- Patient Care Coordinator – As a patient care coordinator, you work as a customer service representative for patients. You may gather prescription information, handle billing inquiries, or field complaints. It’s important to be empathetic, positive, and efficient. Much of this type of work is done on the phone.
- Medical Scribe – Work alongside a physician to update medical records. If you want a job that combines information technology and your clinical skills, this is it! You transcribe a physician’s decision-making process in real time to ensure proper patient files and follow-up information. This job can be available part-time and provide a footing for other physician assistant occupations.
- Medical Assistant – The medical assistant position mixes administrative and clinical tasks. In small practices with fewer MA’s, the spectrum of duties is more broad and may include preparing patients for exams, recording medical histories, explaining medical procedures, calling in prescriptions, updating patient files, answering phones, typing memos, and patient billing.
Has one of these medical careers caught your eye? You can begin your journey toward a medical career you love by applying to Pioneer Pacific College. If you have questions about enrollment or degrees, call our Pioneer Pacific Admissions Officers today at 866-772-4636.