Lower-stress healthcare careersNovember 23, 2015
Some people thrive on the adrenaline rush that comes from working in fast-paced environments such as the ER or the ICU. Others fare better in slower-paced, low-stress settings. Thankfully, not all healthcare careers involve life-or-death situations. If you’re looking for a low-stress career option in healthcare, here are a few of many roles that you can consider.
Medical laboratory technician
Medical laboratory technicians specialise in using various diagnostic techniques to obtain the information that physicians need to make an accurate diagnosis. As a medical lab tech, most of your time will be spent working in the lab. Interaction with patients is very limited. This role could be a great fit for you if you like working behind the scenes but are still looking for something that offers a limited amount of patient content. A good memory for details and facts is essential if you’re looking to work in this role. An interest in science is a plus as part of your job would involve studying chemical compounds.
Audiologists are physicians who undergo advanced training in the treatment of hearing- related problems. Most of your time in this role will be spent administering hearing tests and developing the best treatment plan for each patient depending on their hearing ability and other factors. As an audiologist, you will rarely if ever have to deal with medical emergencies, which means you have the flexibility to schedule your appointments around your personal commitments. Both of these factors contribute majorly to the low-stress nature of this career. Compassion, patience, excellent communication and interpersonal skills are essential requirements of this job.
Medical records technician
A career as a medical records technician is a better fit for someone who wants to work in healthcare but prefers a job that doesn’t have the pressure and high-stress levels that are part and parcel of some front-line jobs. Medical records techs use their advanced computer knowledge to document patient information electronically. Most of your time in this role will be spent in front of the computer organising and electronically filing data, dates and information for easier access. It requires a certain skill set and – because of the huge, rapid technological advancements that are continuously taking place -you must be willing to stay up to date with the latest advancements by participating in relevant workshops regularly.
Dieticians focus on developing nutritional plans to promote health and wellness. In this role, you would help create different types of personalised nutritional plans to meet different requirements. A patient suffering from diabetes may need a nutritional plan that is vastly different from someone suffering from anorexia nervosa. As obesity rates, diabetes and heart problems continue to skyrocket around the world, there is growing demand for these specialists. As a dietician, you may work in a variety of places including wellness centres, gyms, schools and hospitals but whatever the setting, you are not likely to come across any medical emergencies in this role. This career is well suited for anyone interested in the interplay between nutrition and health.
Gap Medics provides year-round hospital work experience for people aged 16 and over. Our shadowing placements offer a unique insight into the work of doctors, nurses, midwives and dentists – helping students to focus their career aspirations before embarking upon medical training.