There are many paths you can take if you want to work in a hospital, and you don’t have to be a physician to make a good career choice. Here are the top 10 hospital jobs for non-physicians.
1. Physician Assistant
Physician Assistants provide many of the same services as their physician counterparts but are quicker to train and are required by law to be supervised by the physician they are working with. The restriction of working for someone may be frustrating at times since you can’t practice your trade to your full extent, but you will still feel the reward of helping patients. Not only that but they earn a great median salary of $100,000 yearly and are increasingly in demand.
2. Nurse Practitioner
Working as a nurse practitioner is similar to working as a physician and they are usually go-to treaters when someone comes in with a non-urgent case. This means they are heavily in-demand, making it easy to find jobs, and earn a comfortable average wage of $100,000 a year. In terms of their responsibilities, they may analyze lab results, perform physical examinations, prescribe medicines, and advise patients and patient relatives.
Specialising in treating children, being a pediatrician is a very fulfilling career and requires a lot of empathy toward children. Since young children can’t communicate effectively, it takes a fair amount of knowledge and experience to accurately diagnose a child’s sickness. The role is in demand with lots of availability and earns a hefty median salary of $165,000 yearly.
4. Obstetrician & Gynecology
An Obstetrician’s role is vital to aiding and easing childbirth by providing the knowledge and expertise needed to care for women’s reproductive health. Obstetricians must be gynecologists and are responsible for looking after soon-to-be mothers and the health of their child so that delivery of the child is smooth. If birth isn’t going well, then they are also expected to make the decisions necessary to protect the lives of both the mother and child, which makes it a stressful role. Gynecologists advise and diagnose women concerned about their reproductive health and both roles are highly paid.
5. Occupational Therapist
The role an Occupational Therapist provides is largely dependent on the location they are working and the patient they are seeing. They most often help patients deal with obstructions to everyday tasks and rehabilitate them so that they can get back on track. This can involve helping them with movement exercises and training programs and even mental health programs. It is a diverse role and requires a lot of care and empathy to effectively treat patients over a long period of time. When working in a hospital, you will most likely be helping people rehabilitate after injury, providing a plan for them to help themselves whilst monitoring their progress. In terms of employability, there is a large job market for occupational therapists and you would earn a comfortable salary of around $80,000.
For physicians and surgeons to complete their work, it may be necessary to anesthetize the patient, or, in other words, chemically induce a coma. This prevents them from feeling any pain or discomfort the process might cause and is usually done by an anesthesiologist or a Nurse Anesthetist. The role is, as you can imagine, very stressful, and requires strict monitoring of the patient’s vital signs before, during, and after the anesthetic. During surgery, it is expected that an anesthesiologist will communicate effectively so that the surgeon or physician can operate under tense situations efficiently, and it also requires quick decisions when needed. To compensate for the high-strung work ethic, the salary is a very comfortable average of $200,000.
Being a surgeon is another high-stress job and is obviously not for the faint of heart, requiring you to cut open and modify patients to fix issues and often to save their lives in an emergency. It is possible to specialize your surgery skill outside of general surgery and into things like neurological, cardiovascular, and cosmetic surgery, which provides more job opportunities. Many people wouldn’t want to become a surgeon because of the long training and high stress, but if you want to earn a comfortable average salary of $200,000 and have a large impact on saving people’s lives, then a surgeon is a great career to have.
Pharmacists dispense prescription medications to patients and advise them on their safe usage to aid recovery or combat symptoms. Aside from the prescription’s usage, they may offer advice on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle, conduct health screenings, immunize patients, and monitor medication given to their patients. They have a much less stressful role than some others on this list and still earn a decent average salary of $110,000, making them a solid choice of profession.
9. Radiation Therapist
Radiation Therapists are often much closer to their patients because they are usually treated over a much larger amount of time for things such as cancer. To fulfill the role effectively they wield expertise over the technology they use and use techniques to make ensure the accuracy and consistency of their readings. Their potential salary is on the lower side at $80,000 per year on average but the job availability is likely to increase over time.
10. Clinical Laboratory Technician
The Work of a Clinical Laboratory Technician, shortened to Lab Tech, can involve a variety of tests in a laboratory. Typically the tests are used to provide data to physicians or surgeons to assess such as the results of a fluid or tissue sample from a patient to help in assessing treatment plans. The wage is lower than other roles because of its simplicity, but it can be done whilst training for a higher role in the medical field and earns you a modest average salary of $45,000 yearly with plenty of job vacancies.
We hope that this list helps you decide on a career to strive for and makes you realize that there are many different parts to play in a hospital besides being a doctor/physician. Good luck with your studies!