Help people outside of a clinical setting through these non-traditional career paths – Part 1

October 30, 2014

Article by Global Pre-Meds
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Gap Medics students during their hospital placement Not everyone is cut out to work in a traditional medical setting like a clinic or hospital but fortunately that does not mean you have to give up on your dream of helping people out. If you want to study medicine but don’t think you would really be able to make it working in a hospital or a clinic, you should take a look at the diverse non-traditional career options available to you after you graduate from medical school. You can in fact choose to switch over to a non-traditional career path at any point in your career.

Here are some unusual and interesting career options to choose from:


Healthcare administrator

If you have dreamt about getting into a management role, here’s your chance to showcase your management skills. A healthcare administrator looks after the administration and functioning of a hospital. Those who have worked in hospital or medical settings before will already know how the system works so this can give you the edge in this field.

It is a great career for a physician to get into because you will have both the medical knowledge necessary for the job as well as the management skills. For those who have just graduated from medical school, it will be ideal to first take some courses in management before you get into this field. Administrators need to have good communication skills, leadership skills and organisational skills. Business related courses will help you build up your management skills.


Medical research

If you like getting answers and finding as much information as possible in the medical field, you should look into doing a researcher’s job. You could either work as a part of a research team, in a medical school/institution or even become a researcher for a pharmaceutical company. In pharmaceutical medicine you will have to conduct experiments and track the progress of new drugs. You may also have to conduct market research studies and undertake various projects for different companies.


Medical translation

Those who are fluent in more than one language have a very promising career in medical translation. A number of medical facilities and pharmaceutical companies are in need of people who can translate various documents, research papers, speeches and information into other languages. The fact that you are knowledgeable about medicine is a great bonus because you can help with translating medical jargon that may not be understood by a regular translator. People who are considering this career path should have excellent writing skills and a complete grasp of the required knowledge so that they will be familiar with medical terms in that language too.


Education in the medical field

Have you always loved teaching and wanted to spread your knowledge to others? A number of doctors often decide to get into teaching in the later stages of life. You could teach students right from first grade to medical school, depending on your knowledge of certain subjects. A lot of doctors also manage to teach part-time and practice part-time so if you want to keep practicing, this is a good option. However, you should have the necessary educational qualifications to teach at a particular level.