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Which careers can I go to, if I decide not to go to medical school, with a biomedical science major?

Currently, I am in high school. I just wanted to explore my options in undergraduate.

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Dee’s Answer

Almost all of the allied health fields are in high demand. I am an occupational therapist, but also to be considered are physical therapy, speech language pathologist, physician assistant, nursing, nurse practitioner, radiology, laboratory technology and the list goes on. Also consider that there is a large field of bioethics and medical ethics that are just starting to emerge to the mainstream. Heuristics and medical informatics is a possibilities if you like IT. Make a list of why you want to go to med school or be involved in the medical field, then tease out those parts and that will help you land where you want to be. Medicine is a broad field and there are so many areas that are fascinating and fulfilling. Figure out what it is you like and then follow that path. Talk to a lot of people in a lot of different medical fields. Almost anyone in the medical field is more than willing to talk to someone about what they do!
Best of luck to you. It's great that you are asking those questions now!
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Craig’s Answer

It is always an important question to understand what other fields are available based on what concentration you study. Biomedicine is a large expanding field, which not only has medical aspects but in agrees into many science and engineering Fields as well. For example I had coworkers with smaller backgrounds that went into areas of application development for programs that would run on smartphones. There are applications and wearable technology that brings into biomedical concentration aspects. So not only looking in medicine but other scientific Fields is possible with the field of study.
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Jodi’s Answer

Dee has given a great answer. I want to add that some occupations such as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) or a phlebotomist only require a few weeks or months at a tech school to obtain certification. Many times after you start working in these positions, the hospital/facility who employs you will offer to help pay for your education if you want to continue onward to become an RN, Medical Laboratory Scientist, or other health care job. The catch is that they will ask you to work for them a few years after you graduate, usually 2 years. It’s a great way to gain experience and have your employer pay for part of your education if you want to continue forward.
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Aj’s Answer

There are multiple occupations in the medical field that are in high demand do to the pandemic and they need nurses doctors therapist and technicians so remember when choosing a career think about the future because of career growth and are you available on the weekends and holidays or can you work on call because you might have to depending on your job schedule and occupation

Aj recommends the following next steps:

Biomedical researcher
Occupational therapist
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Biology adjunct professor
Thank you comment icon Thank you so much for the advice. Meghana
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