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What jobs in the medical field are ideal?

I am still in high school, specifically Junior year, and I still am trying to figure out what job I want to study for in college. I know I want to work somewhere in the medical field but I don't know what specific job I want to get. I know that I can't work seeing bodies that are involved in accidents, It's too graphic for me and it would probably have me passed out. So most likely a job that's either related to animals or just in labs or clinics. #career #jobs # #career-choice #doctor #vet #therapist #nurse


Start in a science concentration such as Biology or A&P. Research and job shadow to find your passion. Science classes can easily count towards degrees in nursing, respiratory, radiology, doctors, phlebotomy, etc. Also consider where you want to reside and the opportunities there as well as pay scales. Some states pay more than others. Also consider being a traveling medical person especially while single and no kids. They typically get paid a lot more and can travel the US freely as needed at the expense of their agency. Tessie Reed

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Mansi’s Answer

Here are the best health care jobs that are Ideal are:

Dentist.
Physician Assistant.
Orthodontist.
Nurse Practitioner.
Physician.
Speech-Language Pathologist.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon.

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Brooke’s Answer

What is "ideal" depends person to person. I would recommend job shadowing in areas you may be interested in to get an idea of where your personality and lifestyle would fit best. There are certainly pros and cons to every profession.

Being in veterinary care involves dealing mostly with animals and having limited contact with humans. A lot of people would say the con of being a vet are the times when you put animals down.
Being a physician involves 100% human care. Depending on the specialty you pursue, it may be more "gruesome" than other specialties. You get the chance to choose which specialty you want to pursue at the end of your medical school career, though.
Being in a lab may or may not involved much patient interaction. Many times it is very repetitive and requires a lot of patience.

Although the professions are very different, I totally understand how someone in undergrad could have trouble differentiating which is best for them. Again, I would put a lot of emphasis on job shadowing. That is how I decided I did not want to pursue veterinary medicine and ultimately why I chose to pursue a career as a physician.

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Andrew’s Answer

As someone who just retired from a 40 year career what I have leaned is, it is a process. I define experience as learning what you do not want to do and choosing from what is left on your list. When you are young you can afford more risk because you have less moving parts and less to lose. Take risk, try different things to see what you like such as shadowing mentioned above.

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Summer’s Answer

I recommend job shadowing where possible to see what you are interested in. There are also YouTube videos that go over the profession and day to day jobs.

An option you might look in to is a medical lab technician. Depending on the program, you would most likely be a trained phlebotomist (meaning the person who takes the blood). Most of the time, you would be running tests and patient samples in the lab.

A separate option you could look in to is being a surgical technologist. You would be in the operating room, handing surgical instruments to surgeons, counting gauze squares, etc. It can be a high stress job at times.

Look at local colleges around you and see what type of healthcare programs they offer. Start looking up each program and Googling resources to see what each job entails.

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