Non-clinical career opportunities for medical students – Part 3

September 25, 2014

Article by Global Pre-Meds
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Getting into publishing could mean working in various fields from proof reading, editing, sales and marketing to graphic designing of medical books. Within medical publishing, you could choose to focus your work on digital or printed information or both. Medical publishing is a very vast and exciting field involving books, newspapers journals, directories, magazines and electronic media.


Cognitive behavioural therapy

Cognitive behavioural therapy is a highly specialised sub-specialty within psychology. This therapy is used to treat a whole spectrum of mental and emotional disorders ranging from obsessive-compulsive disorder, insomnia, panic disorder and anxiety to bulimia nervosa, depression and fatigue syndrome.

Health management

Health service managers are responsible for managing various health care institutions and facilitating the liaison between general practitioners, hospitals and other medical facilities.

Complementary medicine

Complementary medicine encompasses a wide range of alternative forms of medicine that are often used side by side with regular medicine. With a medical background, you will be able to understand regular treatment better and provide the necessary complementary medication when necessary. Some of the better-known fields of complementary medicine include homeopathy, acupuncture, herbalism, acupressure, hypnotherapy and others.

NHS schemes

If you want to move into management directly, you can take advantage of schemes that are offered by the NHS, such as the graduate schemes in finance management, human resource management and general management.

Healthcare policy

Analysing healthcare policies involves examining various aspects of the pros and cons of current policies, suggesting new policies and trying to make the most of policies that are in place in the medical system for the general public.

Medical translation

Do you have a penchant for learning languages? If you are fluent in any other language besides English, you can put your knowledge of medicine, together with your fluency in languages, to good use as a professional medical translator. This option is open to those who are fluent in other languages and are familiar with medical terminology in those languages. Medical translation is used for various research and other material that is translated into various languages for distribution.

Medical illustration

Medical illustrators are highly skilled and trained professional artists who have chosen medicine as their subject matter. These professionals specialise in the communication and visual display of scientific information to teach medical professionals as well as the general public. Depending on the aim, the illustrations that are required could be anatomically precise and exceptionally realistic or they could be thematic or even wildly abstract and conceptual.  

Other healthcare professions

If you do not want to get directly into the medical field, you can look at several other related health professions including physiotherapy, dietetics, radiography, language therapy, medical illustration and hand therapy amongst others.


Non-clinical career options offer medical students excellent opportunities to combine their medical and non-medical passions and skills into fruitful and highly satisfying careers.