Fields within the Medical Path (Part5)

Fields within the Medical Path (Part5)

Do you want aA medical field career, but aren’t sure what you want to do or where you will fit in? Thankfully, there are plenty of career options from which to choose, and not all of them require years of schooling and long residencies.

Perhaps you are interested in dealing directly with people and providing high quality customer service; if so, you might find working as a medical receptionist or hospital intake coordinator appealing. Medical assistants, nurse’s aides, and dental hygienists are just some of the careers that might appeal to those interested in medical field careers without investing years in school. If the idea of long-term training does not deter you, then any number of medical careers exists: physician, nurse, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, physical therapist. Many of these upper level vocations require a minimum of four years in college, with most requiring graduate level work with clinical practice. These careers are challenging in both classroom and real life, but those who have the determination and discipline necessary to succeed in these areas will discover a lifelong, rewarding medical career.

Medical Doctor

Becoming a medical doctor means you will be at the top of the ladder of medical field careers. Being a physician requires drive, dedication, and stamina. The best doctors are those that possess technically superior skills combined with a good bedside manner. Being able to diagnose and treat patients requires more than just proficient assessment skills; it necessitates compassion and excellent communication skills.

A doctor’s responsibilities not only include diagnosing and treating patients. If a doctor opens his or her own private practice, he or she must have a good head for business. He has to be able to hire a staff that is knowledgeable and personable and will help him grow his practice. A doctor’s duties also depend on what specialty he chooses to enter. A family practice doctor will see and treat patients in an office setting. He will prescribe medication and treatments and admit patients to a local hospital or rehabilitation facility. If one chooses to be a surgeon, he will see patients in his office but spend the majority of his time in the operating room in a hospital. Some doctors prefer to work in hospitals all the time – either in research or pathology labs or in the emergency department.

Salaries for medical doctors are usually some of the highest among all types of jobs; however, pay scale depends on years of experience, specialty, and geographic location. Doctors who live and work in and around the larger metropolitan areas make more than those in rural settings. The median annual salary for general practice doctors is $186,044 and upward of $340,000 for specialists like cardiologists and anesthesiologists (bls.gov, 2008). Physicians occupy approximately 650,000 jobs in the United States and work primarily in a private practice/group setting. As the U.S. population grows and ages and medical technologies continue to advance, doctors will continue to be a much needed commodity. The BLS estimates that the physician profession will grow faster than the national average for other jobs in the coming years. That’s one thing about being a physician: your skills will always be needed. Unfortunately, people will always be sick or hurt; they will always need the services a doctor provides. If you are willing to move to a rural or underserved area, you will be in even greater demand. If hands-on patient care is not what you desire as a physician, doing research or working as a pathologist in the laboratory setting may be more attractive. Whatever your medical interests, if you are open-minded and flexible, securing employment should never be a concern.

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~Dawn Krovicka