All things being equal, you can safely say that the amount of time it takes to become licensed or certified in your career is relative to the amount of money you can make. However, all things are not always equal, and life isn’t always fair. However, there are some careers within the medical field which pay well, have a better than average future and are in demand because they are not as widely publicized as some professions like nursing. If you are looking for a future in the medical field but aren’t interested in becoming a doctor or nurse, here are some interesting careers you may never have thought of.
This is an interesting career that keeps you mostly in a laboratory setting. If you are not a “people person,??? this may be a lucrative job for you. A cytotechnologist is responsible for collecting and/or inspecting samples of tissue to see if they are diseased. Oftentimes cytotechnologists work closely with oncologists to see if cancer is present and if so, what kind of cells are involved. Diagnoses and treatments depend on having this information.
As a phlebotomist, you will be responsible for drawing blood from patients and working closely with doctors and labs. Each state has different requirements for certification, so it is up to you to locate the best phlebotomy training in your state. While you can work directly for a doctor, clinic, lab or hospital, you can also work independently if you want to be in control of when and how much you work each week.
3. Wound Care Specialist
While a wound care specialist may work directly in a hospital or clinic, they are most in-demand within the home healthcare arena. Typically, this job entails traveling to patients’ homes to cleanse and redress wounds which are healing. In a clinical setting, the nursing department deals with this and why there is a greater need in home healthcare.
Another profession within an oncology team would be dosimetry. A dosimetrist works in radiology with computers to both design and test various treatments which includes the amount and duration of radiation given in treating cancer patients. A dosimetrist will usually work full time and the average pay ranges between $80,000 and $115,000 annually.
You may never have even heard of an orthotist let alone imagined what in the world they do! An orthotist generally works with patients to evaluate and assess muscular strength. They will work closely with patients who require orthotics, prosthetic devices, for those with disabilities in their spines or limbs. A board-certified Orthotist salary ranges between $30,000 and $56,000 a year.
If you are looking for a new career or even a change in career in the healthcare industry, the above examples of little known medical fields may just point you in the right direction for a better paid profession and a fulfilling future. Be sure to do your research on which qualifications and training are needed.