A Look At Non-Clinical Opportunities In Healthcare

January 29, 2015

Article by Global Pre-Meds
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On placement in Africa Many individuals who are interested in a career in healthcare hesitate to act on their interests simply because they cannot see themselves providing direct clinical care to patients. If this describes you, you should know that besides the traditional clinical roles in medicine, there is also an entire allied industry that involves providing support to healthcare professionals. This industry requires people in different capacities to work in various job roles. If you are interested in the healthcare industry but not in a clinical specialty, here are some jobs that you can consider that require transferable skills from different fields.


Medical Secretaries

Medical secretaries work in the same capacity as most other secretaries in other businesses. The main responsibility of a medical secretary involves controlling the flow of people and information. Special training and various courses are available to get them familiar with medical terms and necessary skills that are needed to conduct their work properly. Secretaries should also have good computer skills in order to be able to handle different kinds of medical software.

Medical Assistants

If you want to get into this field, you should have the skills of a medically qualified person along with a good business sense. Medical assistants often conduct basic medical tests on the patients like checking their blood pressure, simple lab tests and assisting physicians when they are treating a patient. While a medical assistant can be trained on the job, completing a two-year associate’s degree will significantly improve your job potential.

Medical Transcriptionists

This job role requires the transcriptionist to transcribe various medical documents like patient histories and other information. Medical transcriptionists have to be familiar with medical terminology and also must have good writing skills in order to be able to turn information into an appropriate form for various medical files.

Healthcare Administrators

These professionals often deal with a wide range of tasks. They oversee different projects and often manage various teams. They take part in financial activities, project planning, implementation of business strategies, coordination of staff and a number of other things. To be able to work as a healthcare administrator, you would be expected to have basic knowledge of business, law, finance and should also be able to relate these fields to the healthcare setting.

Health Information Managers and Technicians

For those who are good with analysing and organising data, health information management is a good career option. These managers usually deal with records and other information that is related to the medical field. You do not need to have an in-depth knowledge about medicine but it is important to have enough knowledge about medical terminology, computer skills and legal aspects of the field in order to be able to carry out this work. Many people in this field obtain a two-year degree in health information management.

A health information technician works as a junior to the health information manager and helps to keep records. These people usually deal with storing medical information and charting it properly. An associate’s degree is often necessary for this position.

Watching surgery during a Gap Medics Medical Work Experience placement

In addition to the above career opportunities, there are several other non-clinical career options in the healthcare field that may require you to have studied certain fields in order to qualify for the role. The qualification requirement will vary based on the job position. If you already have a degree in a related field, you may sometimes just need to do a short refresher or supporting course to be eligible for certain posts.